Dec. 1, 2013
Auburn moving up with Gabe Wright and coach Gus Malzahn in Saturday's win over Alabama (Lauren Barnard photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn moved up to the No. 3 in the BCS standings Sunday night, inching ever closer to a possible shot at playing for another national championship.
The Tigers rode the momentum of Saturday's 34-28 win over Alabama to move up a spot in the BCS, and looks to move up on No. 2 Ohio State. Florida State is the No. 1 team, replacing Alabama, which fell to fourth.
The top two teams in the final BCS standings will play for the national title.
Is Auburn talking about that?
"Surprisingly, not at all," said offensive lineman Avery Young.
Auburn has other things to worry about, namely playing Missouri in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game in Atlanta on Saturday. Florida State will play Duke for the ACC title and Ohio State will play Michigan State for the Big 10 title.
"I'm focused on the SEC championship game and Missouri," said Auburn's Gus Malzahn. "Our league is the top league in college football, and that's how I really feel about it."
Auburn is also No. 3 in the AP, coaches and Harris polls. The coaches and the Harris polls account for two-thirds of the BCS rankings. An average score of six computers account for the final third. The Tigers were ranked third, on average, by the computers.
Auburn Athletics Director Jay Jacobs made a pitch Sunday for the winner of the SEC title game getting a chance to play for the BCS championship.
"Whether it's us or Missouri, the winner of the SEC Championship Game belongs in Pasadena. A one-loss SEC team belongs in Pasadena," Jacobs said. "We've got the best college football conference in the nation. We've won seven straight BCS titles."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine