Tigers 3rd In BCS, Focused On SEC Title Game

Auburn moves to third in the BCS standings, but the Tigers are focused on the task at hand and that is winning the SEC title.

Auburn, Ala.--Following a 34-28 over then number one Alabama, the Auburn Tigers (11-1) moved to third in the BCS standings heading into the final week of the season. Gus Malzahn's Tigers at .923 trail Ohio State (.950) and Florida State (.995). Alabama (.854) is fourth with Missouri (.843), Oklahoma State (.763), Stanford (.707), South Carolina (.704), Baylor (.662) and Michigan State (.653) round out the Top 10.

While it still looks like Auburn will need some help to catch Ohio State, the focus this week for the Tigers is on the SEC Championship Game and the Missouri Tigers. As for what happens with a win, Gus Malzahn says that's for the voters to decide but this week is all that matters right now.

"We really can't worry about what Florida State and Ohio State do," Malzahn said. "We've just got to worry about winning this SEC Championship and taking care of what we can take care of because if we don't care of our business the rest doesn't matter.

"We do play in the best conference in college football, but to be honest with you my focus is on the Missouri Tigers in the championship game," he added. "We've got our hands full and we're going to have to play well to beat them."

With Florida State facing Duke in the ACC Championship Game and Ohio State facing Michigan State in the Big 10 matchup, the road is still open for the Tigers based on past history. Of the 30 previous teams to play for the BCS championship, eight entered the final weekend of the regular season outside the BCS Top 2, four of those schools moved up after winning the SEC Championship Game.

Whether or not Auburn advances to a BCS bowl game and possibly the national championship hinges on the Tigers winning in the Georgia Dome on Saturday. Playing for a coach that focuses everyday on the task at hand and not looking forward, sophomore offensive tackle Avery Young said this team isn't thinking ahead because there is too much at stake.

"We've been taught over time, the rankings don't mean (anything)," Young said. "Rankings don't mean nothing at all. You could be No. 1 today and drop to be No. 8 tomorrow. So, it doesn't matter at all.

"I think we'll be wherever we're meant to be," he added. "It's in God's hands now."

Full BCS Standings

BCS Average Previous Week Rank Points % Rank Points % Avg. Comp. Rank Points %

1. Florida State (12-0) .9948 2 1 2617 .9970 1 1546 .9974 1 99 .9900
2. Ohio State (12-0) .9503 3 2 2488 .9478 2 1462 .9432 2 96 .9600
3. Auburn (11-1) .9233 4 3 2422 .9227 3 1437 .9271 3 92 .9200
4. Alabama (11-1) .8539 1 4 2262 .8617 4 1333 .8600 4 84 .8400
5. Missouri (11-1) .8428 5 5 2231 .8499 5 1315 .8484 5 83 .8300
6. Oklahoma State (10-1) .7629 7 6 2083 .7935 6 1248 .8052 9 69 .6900
7. Stanford (10-2) .7069 8 7 1873 .7135 10 1034 .6671 7 74 .7400
8. South Carolina (10-2) .7037 10 8 1841 .7013 7 1100 .7097 8 70 .7000
9. Baylor (10-1) .6623 9 9 1778 .6773 7 1100 .7097 12 60 .6000
10. Michigan State (11-1) .6529 11 10 1758 .6697 9 1037 .6690 11 62 .6200
11. Arizona State (10-2) .5833 12 13 1277 .4865 13 765 .4935 6 77 .7700
12. Oregon (10-2) .5321 13 12 1398 .5326 12 843 .5439 13 52 .5200
13. Clemson (10-2) .5201 6 11 1444 .5501 11 853 .5503 14 46 .4600
14. Northern Illinois (12-0) .4812 14 15 1104 .4206 18 547 .3529 10 67 .6700
15. LSU (9-3) .4213 17 14 1258 .4792 14 720 .4645 17 32 .3200
16. Central Florida (10-1) .3858 19 18 967 .3684 17 572 .3690 16 42 .4200
17. Oklahoma (9-2) .3808 18 16 1041 .3966 15 660 .4258 17 32 .3200
18. UCLA (9-3) .3506 22 19 779 .2968 19 473 .3052 15 45 .4500
19. Louisville (10-1) .2630 20 17 1013 .3859 16 625 .4032 28 0 .0000
20. Duke (10-2) .2252 24 20 620 .2362 20 402 .2594 21 18 .1800
21. Wisconsin (9-3) .1988 15 21 485 .1848 21 266 .1716 20 24 .2400
22. Georgia (8-4) .1143 NR 25 148 .0564 27 41 .0265 19 26 .2600
23. Fresno State (10-1) .1006 16 22 428 .1630 22 215 .1387 28 0 .0000
24. Texas A&M (8-4) .0995 21 23 290 .1105 25 121 .0781 23 11 .1100
25. Texas (8-3) .0666 NR 24 167 .0636 24 149 .0961 25 4 .0400


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