War Eagle Extra

Auburn football: Tigers drop to No. 9 in AP, coaches polls

AUBURN, Ala. — As one would expect, Auburn's 41-38 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday made the Tigers fall in both major polls.

But it wasn't a steep drop for the Tigers, who went from No. 3 in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches' polls last week to No. 9 in both rankings Sunday. The one source of good news for Auburn is that its ranking is the best among two-loss teams, one spot ahead of No. 10 Ole Miss, who the Tigers topped in Oxford, Miss., 35-31 earlier this month.

This week, Auburn takes on yet another ranked team in Georgia. The coaches think more highly of the Bulldogs at the moment, as they were voted No. 14. The AP, meanwhile, had Georgia at No. 16.

There was no change at the top of the polls, as Mississippi State and Florida State remained 1-2.

The teams in slots 3-8 consisted of the same teams in both polls, just in slightly different order in each. In the AP's rankings, Oregon was No. 3, followed by Alabama, Texas Christian, Baylor, Arizona State and Ohio State. In the coaches, Alabama took the third spot, with Oregon at No. 4 and TCU, Baylor, Ohio State and Arizona State rounding out the group.

Marshall (9-0), the only undefeated team in the FBS aside from Mississippi State and Florida State, continues to gain little traction in the polls, with both the AP and the coaches putting the Thundering Herd at No. 21.