AUBURN, Ala. — For the second time this season, a trip to Mississippi yielded good things for Auburn.
One week after they made the biggest jump in the Amway Coaches Poll, the Tigers beat Ole Miss 40-29 in Oxford, earning their fifth-straight win and moving up five spots to No. 12.
Auburn also climbed four spots to No. 11 in the AP Poll on Sunday afternoon.
It’s the first time head coach Gus Malzahn’s football team neared the top ten since starting the 2015 season ranked No. 6 overall. Auburn spent two weeks ranked No. 6 before dropping to No. 18 in week three and then out of the polls completely for the rest of the season.
Auburn (6-2, 4-1 SEC) first entered the AP Top 25 after routing Mississippi State 38-10 in Starkville, climbing to No. 21 during its bye week and then No. 15 after trouncing Arkansas 56-3.
Five teams ranked ahead of the Tigers lost Saturday including No. 7 Nebraska, No. 8 Baylor, No. 10 West Virginia, No. 12 Florida State and No. 13 Boise State.
The Tigers return to the Plains and take on Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Auburn’s two losses so far this season have come against Clemson (No. 3 in the Coaches) and Texas A&M (No. 7).