AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn's 31-7 win over Samford on Saturday helped it in the polls Sunday. Well, for one spot, at least.
In both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches' polls, the Tigers rose one position. In the AP, they went from No. 16 to No. 15; in the coaches, they went from No. 17 to No. 16. Auburn is the highest-ranked three-loss team in both polls.
This week, Auburn faces arch-rival Alabama, which is the top-ranked team in the coaches' rankings and No. 2 in the AP poll.
The team ahead of the Crimson Tide in the AP's estimation is defending national champion Florida State. Oregon, Mississippi State and Baylor, respectively, round out the top five. The next five in the AP's rankings are Texas Christian (No. 6), Ohio State (No. 7), Georgia (No. 8), UCLA (No. 9) and Michigan State (No. 10).
The coaches poll has the same teams in the top 10 in a slightly different order. Aside from Alabama and Florida State swapping places at the top, the coaches have TCU at No. 5 and Baylor at No. 6. The other changes are at the end of the top 10, as Michigan State is No. 8 followed by Georgia and UCLA.
Marshall, the only undefeated in a non-Power 5 conference, continues to struggle gaining traction with voters. The Thundering Herd (11-0) are No. 19 in the AP and No. 20 in the coaches' poll.