Auburn football: Tigers up to No. 2 in AP and coaches' polls following SEC Championship game triumph

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 8, 2013 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI Auburn's Sammie Coates (18) and his teammates celebrate their 59-42 SEC Championship win over the Missouri Tigers in the Georgia Dome Saturday. 12.07.13


AUBURN, Ala. — As expected, Auburn moved up to No. 2 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls Sunday.

The Tigers won the SEC Championship game on Saturday night, beating then-No. 5 Missouri 59-42. Ohio State, meanwhile, had its 24-game winning streak snapped, as it was felled by No. 11 Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship game 34-24. The Buckeyes had been ranked No. 2 in both polls prior to Saturday’s loss. With their defeat, though, it cleared the way for Auburn to move up a spot, where it sits behind top-ranked Florida State.

The Seminoles had no problem easing past Duke in Saturday’s ACC Championship game, winning 45-7. Even with Auburn rising one position, Florida State still holds a dominant edge in first-place votes among both coaches and AP voters. In the coaches’ poll, the Seminoles received all 62 first-place votes; in the AP, 56 of 60 ballots put the Seminoles at the top, with the Tigers snagging the other four first-place nods.

Rounding out the top five in the AP poll is Alabama, Michigan State and Stanford; the only difference in the coaches’ poll has Baylor at No. 5 instead of Stanford.

The most important rankings of the day are still to come, however, as the final BCS Standings of the season are set to be unveiled at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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