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Auburn up to No. 4 in BCS heading to the Iron Bowl

Auburn turns its attention to Saturday's Iron Bowl in Jordan-Hare Stadium (Todd Van Emst photo)

AP poll / Coaches poll / Harris poll / BCS standings

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. --  The Iron Bowl is guaranteed to be a battle of Top 4 teams after Auburn moved up in the national polls and the BCS standings Sunday.

The Tigers moved up two spots to fourth in the BCS standings, setting the stage for a monumental game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Auburn at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

The Tigers also jumped two spots to No. 4 in the Associated Press and moved two spots to No. 5 in the USA Today/Coaches poll. Auburn came in at No. 5 in the Harris poll Sunday.

Saturday's 1 versus 4 meeting tops the 1971 Iron Bowl when No. 3 Alabama played No. 5 Auburn.

Gus Malzahn's approach for the game? He's sticking with the same routine that helped Auburn to a 10-1 record.

The coaches and Harris polls account for two-thirds of the BCS standings. The third element is the average score of six computers used by the BCS, which favored Auburn again, making the Tigers fourth. The computers ranked Auburn third last week. Auburn was No. 6 overall in the BCS last week.

Auburn didn't play over the weekend, but instead sat back and watched No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 Baylor lose, prompting the Tigers' rise in the polls. Three of the BSC and AP's Top 5 are from the SEC: No. 1 Alabama, No. 4 Auburn and No. 5 Missouri. This week's AP poll showed Auburn ranked fourth by most voters, 32 times; third on two ballots and as a low as seventh on one ballot. There are 60 AP voters.

Auburn wasn't ranked in the AP poll until it had played its sixth game of the season, a win over Western Carolina. The Tigers shot up to No. 11 the next week after beating Texas A&M. Auburn joined the coaches' poll that week at No. 17.

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



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