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Monday, October 5, 2009

Tigers trying not to let ranking go to their head

I wrote a story about Auburn jumping into the national polls for the first time in a year. Here's how it starts:

AUBURN, Ala. — With a 26-22 victory Saturday night at Tennessee, Auburn matched its win total from last season.

The voters in the college football polls finally have noticed.

The Tigers (5-0, 2-0 SEC) vaulted into the national polls after dispatching the Volunteers for their first road win of the season. After flying under the radar the first four weeks, Auburn jumped up to 17th in the Associated Press poll and 19th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll and Harris poll.

“At this point in time, it’s really somewhat insignificant because it doesn’t matter where you are now; it only matters where you are at the end of November and December,” Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said.

“Obviously, we’re happy to get the recognition. I think our kids have worked really hard and our coaches have worked really hard. We’re happy to be where we’re at, and the higher the better. But, again, we don’t pay a lot of attention to that.”

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