Auburn Wins But Falls In BCS Standings

Auburn's convincing win on the road wasn't enough to keep Oregon from claiming the top spot in the BCS.

Auburn, Ala.--Based on the strength of an impressive 51-31 win at Ole Miss on Saturday, the Auburn Tigers (9-0, 6-0) moved to second in both the Coaches Poll and Harris Poll this week but it wasn't enough to stay at the top of the BCS as Oregon's win over USC vaulted the Ducks to the top of the pack in week two of the standings.

Currently with an index of .9599, Auburn is just behind Oregon (.9777) with TCU (.8911) overtaking Boise State (.8824) for third place. Utah (.7318) checks in at number five while Alabama is the first one-loss team on the list at number six (.7185). While it gets a lot of attention around the country, coach Gene Chizik said for he and his team the focus is on the field.

"We just have to keep doing our part," Chizik said. "I don't really have the energy for it to be honest with you. I'm just trying to get better every day along with the rest of our team. Our job is to keep winning. None of that is in our control. We're playing to the best of our ability, we're coaching to the best of our ability.

"If we weren't doing that I would have a concern. As long as they're playing to the best of their ability in terms of effort and how they're being coached and we're doing the things we need to do as coaches in order to win, that's what I look at every day."

Auburn continues to hold onto the top spot in the computer rankings, at least for one more week, as that is likely to fall after the Tigers play FCS foe Chattanooga for homecoming this Saturday at noon inside Jordan-Hare Stadium. It won't matter in the long run however as the Tigers would easily hold onto one of the top two spots if they manage to win out this season.

While the rankings in any week of the BCS are largely meaningless until the final standings come out in December, it is funny to hear the talking heads give their reasons for believing teams deserve to be ranked ahead of another team at this point in the season. One of those is former Florida quarterback Jesse Palmer.

Playing in the SEC, Palmer has a feel for what it's like to play week in and week out in the conference and also what it takes to perform at that high level each week. He pointed out that Auburn's defense has struggled in recent weeks and that's something that can't be argued. The Tigers have allowed 30.4 points per game in the last five games (not taking ULM into account) with 387.2 yards and 21.8 first downs per contest.

Because of that he said that's why he felt like Oregon was easily the top team in the country at the moment because of the play of their defense and the improvement they've shown. In their last five games the Ducks have allowed 26 points, 423.6 yards and 24.6 first downs per contest.

In the end what anyone says won't matter because Auburn just has to keep winning to stay in the thick of things for a national title. Still it would be nice if people who get paid to talk about college football for a living actually knew their subject.


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