Auburn football: Tigers use Iron Bowl victory to rise to No. 3 in latest AP, coaches polls

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 1, 2013 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com Auburn beats Alabama 34-28 win in the last second of the Iron Bowl Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. 11.30.13

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AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn helped itself in the latest Associated Press poll.

On the heels of its 34-28 victory over top-ranked Alabama, the Tigers moved up from No. 3 to No. 4, while the Crimson Tide dropped three spots, now sitting at No. 4. Auburn is now behind only No. 1 Florida State (1,498 points, 58 first-place votes) and No. 2 Ohio State (1,418 points). The Tigers have 1,387 points, but unlike the Buckeyes, received a pair of first-place votes.

Missouri, which Auburn will play in the SEC Championship game Saturday in Atlanta, remained at No. 5 after defeating Texas A&M 28-21 on Saturday night to clinch the Eastern Division title.

Auburn also rose to No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches poll. There, the Tigers trail the Buckeyes by 25 points (1,462-1,437), while the Seminoles hold a commanding edge over both at 1,546 points.

Unlike the AP, Auburn wasn't given a single first-place vote from the coaches; Florida State garnered 58 first-place votes while Ohio State snagged the other four.

The Tigers will now await the release of today's other polls and rankings leading up to tonight's BCS Standings.

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