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'Too early to worry about rankings,' says Gus Malzahn
Nov. 5, 2014

Auburn's Gus Malzahn more concerned with Texas A&M than the rankings

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  The second week of the new College Football Playoffs ranking passed quietly for Auburn on Tuesday night and into Wednesday  and that was by design.

Coach Gus Malzahn accepted his team's No. 3 ranking for the second straight week with no fanfare. 

"We've been real upfront with our guys, like we were last year as far as the rankings go," Malzahn said during the SEC teleconference Wednesday. "We're in the middle of a stretch  an unbelievable stretch with the extremely challenging games, with this week playing Texas A&M, a team that a month ago was in the Top 10, so they have really good talent. 

"We have to go on the road at Georgia and on the road at Alabama. So we understand it's too early to worry about rankings. We have a lot of work to do. If we win, it will all take care of itself."

The top four teams in the final rankings Dec. 7 will qualify for the national championship playoffs. Presently, it's No. 1 Mississippi State, No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Auburn and No. 4 Oregon. Auburn played in the BCS title game against Florida State last season.

Auburn plays Texas A&M at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium on CBS.

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter:



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