AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn will begin the 2014 season knocking on the door of the top five.
The Tigers came in at No. 6 in the Associated Press poll, which was released Sunday afternoon. The top five was comprised of No. 1 Florida State followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, Oregon and Ohio State. The Tigers received 1,198 total points, just nine behind Ohio State (1,207). The last time Auburn began a season ranked as high as No. 6 in the AP poll was 2006, when it started as the No. 4 team in the country.
The Southeastern Conference was well-represented in the poll. Along with Auburn and Alabama, six other teams (No. 9 South Carolina, No. 12 Georgia, No. 13 LSU, No. 18 Ole Miss, No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 24 Missouri) dotted the top 25. The Tigers will play six of those squads this season: Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
In addition to its tough conference slate, Auburn will face another team ranked in the first AP poll: No. 20 Kansas State.
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The Tigers open the season Aug. 30, when they host the Arkansas Razorbacks at 4 p.m. ET.