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Auburn, ranked No. 13 in the first coaches poll, believes it can contend for an SEC and national title in 2017.

Auburn football: Tigers make the top 15, room to improve facilities, RB pokes fun at a WR

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily War Eagle Wakeup, a rundown of everything happening in Auburn football and Auburn Tigers athletics with Lauren Shute. Here’s what you might have missed from Thursday. 

Auburn at No. 13 spot in coaches poll 

Football season means rankings and Auburn got the No. 15 spot in the USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll released on Thursday.

While some consider that low and others high, it’s arguably a sweet spot for the Tigers, who have disappointed in recent years.

During the first week of camp Auburn players and coaches have said they aren’t paying media, rankings or buzz much mind. Besides, the pads are coming on and there’s something more important things to focus on: hitting people.

Room for improvement 

This week the Princeton Review rated Auburn No. 1 when it came to athletic facilities. There’s a raging debate about the top facilities in the SEC, and while Auburn is up there, the Tigers want to be the clear-cut best.

Renderings of improvement to the athletic facilities improvements have been released and Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs has set a goal of $61.7 million (yeah, that should help) for renovations.

The southwest corner of Jordan-Hare is already under construction, but soon men’s basketball, sports medicine, baseball, softball and the equestrian facilities will be shiny and new as well.

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A rendering of the planned Jordan-Hare Stadium game day facility. (Auburn University/courtesy)

In other Auburn football news:

Tweet of the day 

Team leaders are supposed to hold the rest of their squad accountable.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have some fun with friends on social media every once in a while, too.

Kerryon Johnson has earned a leadership role for the Tigers and is also one of the strongest Twitter presences on the team. The running back is also good friends with receiver Darius Slayton. So it makes sense that Johnson would have comment about this tweet.

Tsk, tsk, tsk. There’s always next time.

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