AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn’s game against Georgia will now be a top 10 team according to every national poll.
The Tigers jumped into the top 10 when the second set of the College Football Playoff rankings were released by the committee on Tuesday evening. The move came after Auburn’s win over Texas A&M in College Station last weekend.
Teams ahead of Auburn include Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson, Oklahoma, TCU, Miami, Wisconsin and Washington.
The top five teams didn’t change seven days after the initial rankings were released.
Gus Malzahn’s football team is now the highest-ranked two-loss team. The two losses, of course, are to Clemson and LSU. When Auburn and Georgia play the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry this weekend it will be the first time since 2004 that both teams are ranked inside the top 10. Auburn of, course, remained undefeated that season, but was left out of the BCS title game.
Georgia remained No. 1 in the CFB playoff rankings following their win over South Carolina. Now the Bulldogs will have to fend of Auburn after earning three straight wins. Alabama stayed No. 2 in the rankings.
Auburn also landed at No. 10 in the AP poll and the coaches poll that were released on Sunday afternoon.
This weekend of college football will include three top ten games, which will result in major movement next week.
During his Tuesday press conference that preceded the rankings, coach Gus Malzahn said Auburn is looking forward to having something it hasn’t had in its battle with Georgia in recent years: a healthy quarterback.
That would be Texas, native Jarrett Stidham, who put together one of his best games of 2017 during his homecoming in the Lone Star State. Stidham, running back Kerryon Johnson and Auburn’s defense will face one of their toughest tests this week in the form of the Georgia Bulldogs.
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