Auburn, Ala.--Coming off a hard-fought victory over Vanderbilt last weekend to improve to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in SEC play, the Auburn Tigers remained ninth in the latest College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday.
Alabama remained at the top with Clemson second, Michigan third and Washington rounding out the top four. Ohio State checks in at number five with Louisville sixth. Wisconsin comes in at number seven with Texas A&M, Auburn and Penn State rounding out the Top 10.
Winners of six-straight games, the Tigers will take to the road this weekend at Georgia for a date with the Bulldogs on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. central (CBS). Back on the college football map once again following two years of being an afterthought, senior defensive tackle Montravius Adams said it’s fun to think about being relevant on the national stage once again.
“It really is,” Adams said. “It’s been a while ago since my freshman year. It really seems like a great comparison. I’m just glad to be back on this stage.”
Having to dig deep for a tougher-than-expected win over the Commodores last Saturday, this Auburn team has improved by leaps and bounds since dropping two of its first three games of the season to Clemson and Texas A&M. While an improved offense and stingy defense have done their part respectively, the Coach Gus Malzahn said as much as anything he credits the improvement on the field to the maturity of his team.
“It’s the leadership of our players, that’s really where it starts,” Malzahn said. “We went through a little bit of a storm early. Coaches, being more mature, are used to dealing with all that, but the leadership of our team never budged.
“They didn’t listen to any kind of negativity. They just kept working. We never had a bad practice. We never had a practice where you just thought, ‘Oh, no.’ It’s really our players and leadership. They deserve the credit.”
Now with another challenge standing between the Tigers and a chance to face Alabama with an SEC Championship berth on the line, Adams said the only thing on the minds of the players is this week and beating Georgia.
“Really it’s just very exciting to be able to come back and play for another week,” Adams said. “Having the current streak we’re on it’s maybe a little pressure to try to keep getting better every week. We’re just trying to take it one game at a time and just keep winning.”