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Auburn is back in the AP Top 25 for the first time since 2003.

Auburn football: Regardless of January, Tigers defeated national champions

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Taking down No. 1 

It wasn’t the ending most predicted, but it was a whirlwind.

Alabama may have claimed another national championship on Monday night, but the Crimson Tide walked out of Mercedes-Benz Stadium with one loss — to Auburn.

Coach Gus Malzahn’s team couldn’t hold it together after defeating two top-ranked teams in November. Still, whenever Alabama fans remember the 2017-18 national title year, they’ll also have to remember that fateful trip to Jordan-Hare.

And then, as freshman defensive back Jordyn Peters put it, there’s always …

In other Auburn football news:

Auburn basketball back in Top 25

Monday was a huge day for coach Bruce Pearl and Auburn basketball.

The Tigers, for the first time since January 2003, landed in the AP Top 25. The move came following wins against Tennessee (in Knoxville) and Arkansas (in Auburn Arena).

SEC coaches picked Auburn to finish 4-14 in conference play, but during a week in which other top teams in the league lost — think Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas and — Auburn came away with two significant W’s.

Auburn had never beaten a pair of ranked teams by double digits in a single season in program history. The consecutive wins were the first since 2007 and the first against ranked SEC opponents since 1958. Now, it’s time for Auburn to defend its 12-game winning streak and ranking as Ole Miss travels to The Plains for a Tuesday game (8 p.m. CT).

Mustapha Heron receives nod 

Winning two games against ranked teams would have been a difficult feat to pull off without Mustapha Heron.

That’s why the SEC named the sophomore the SEC Player of the Week on Monday morning. He joined freshman Chuma Okeke as the second player this season to earn recognition from the conference office.

KT Harrell was the last Auburn player to snag Player of the Week honors, but Heron’s contributions were tremendous. The Connecticut native poured in 16.5 points and snatched 5.5 rebounds in wins against No. 23 Tennessee and No. 22 Arkansas.

The victory over the Vols came on the road, while the win against the Hogs unfolded in Auburn Arena. Similarly to last season, Heron leads Auburn in scoring with 15.9 points per game and is currently fourth in rebounding.

Tweet of the day 

Yeah, it’s been a while since the Tigers found themselves ranked.

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