AUBURN, Ala. — At the beginning of the season the Auburn football team didn’t look like one that would finish near the top of the SEC or play in a New Year’s Day bowl.
Yet through 12 games the Tigers (8-4, 5-3 SEC) turned around their season, finishing second in the SEC behind No. 1 Alabama and landing a berth in the Sugar Bowl.
Following championship weekend, during which Florida suffered a 54-16 loss to the Crimson Tide in Atlanta, Auburn climbed slightly in the national polls.
Head coach Gus Malzahn’s team finished the regular season ranked No. 17 in both the AP Top 25 Poll and the Amway Coaches Poll. Auburn was also sitting at No. 14 when the College Football Playoff rankings were released Sunday.
The Tigers ended the year at No. 2 in the SEC Country Power Poll.
The poll consists of voters from SEC Country and around the nation.
Auburn will play the Oklahoma Sooners in its sixth all-time Sugar Bowl appearance.
Bob Stoops’ Oklahoma team concluded the year by beating Oklahoma State in the Big 12 title game on Saturday. The Sooners were 10-2 during the regular season, defeating Houston, Texas Baylor and West Virginia along the way.
Malzahn said sophomore quarterback Sean White would be healthy for the Tigers’ bowl game following their Iron Bowl loss in Tuscaloosa.
Your Week 14 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||208||16||1||1||1|
|2||Auburn (8 - 5)||183||0||2||2||5|
|3||LSU (8 - 4)||178||0||4||2||4|
|4||Florida (9 - 4)||159||0||3||2||6|
|5||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||138||0||5||4||9|
|6||Tennessee (9 - 4)||121||0||6||4||11|
|7||Arkansas (7 - 6)||107||0||8||4||10|
|8||Kentucky (7 - 6)||97||0||7||7||9|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||91||0||9||6||12|
|10||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||63||0||10||8||14|
|11||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||49||0||11||8||14|
|12||South Carolina (6 - 7)||36||0||12||10||13|
|13||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||16||0||13||10||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||10||0||14||11||14|
This week's voters:
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Otis Kirk (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)