Auburn Starts 11th In BCS Standings

Auburn is ranked 11th in the first BCS rankings of the 2013 season.

Auburn, Ala.--Thanks to a huge win over Texas A&M on the road and several upset losses by teams in the Top 25, the Auburn Tigers made a huge jump in both polls on Sunday as coach Gus Malzahn's team checks in at #11 in the latest AP poll and makes its initial appearance at 17th in the coaches poll.

Sunday was also the day that the first BCS rankings for 2013 came out and while it's no surprise that Alabama, Florida State, Oregon and Ohio State are at the top of the list, Auburn made a huge splash by coming in at #11 on the list. It is the first BCS ranking for the Tigers since coming in at 25th in the final poll of 2011.

Auburn has a total of .5058, coming in behind Clemson (.6249). The Tigers got the most help from the computer polls where they are an average of seventh in the country and as high as five in one computer poll.

While there is still plenty of football left to be played, the fact that the Tigers have started 6-1 with wins Mississippi State, Ole Miss and now Texas A&M has them right in the hunt for a possible big finish this season.

"Auburn is back," senior cornerback Jonathon Mincy said following the victory in College Station on Saturday. "Auburn is back and we're going to continue to shock the world."

Now the focus shifts for the Tigers from the hunter to the hunted. With all their goals still in front of them and the ability to keep climbing, senior defensive end Dee Ford said this team is still focused on improving each day and seeing where that takes them.

"I think we can win it all," Ford said. "There is no reason to say we can't. We said we wanted to have the biggest turnaround in college football, why not win it all? We're going to keep getting better with every practice and with every game and every week. We'll see where that can take us. We can definitely win it all if we do that."

Missouri enters the BCS standings at number five with Stanford, Miami and Baylor rounding out the rest of the Top 10. LSU (13th), Texas A&M (16th) and South Carolina (21st) are the other SEC teams on the initial standings.

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