Auburn moves up to No. 19 in polls after 52-20 roasting of Arkansas

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn is on the move again in the polls.

After claiming a spot in the top 10 and plummeting in the wake of a devastating loss at LSU, the Tigers crept up again at the end of Week 8.

Gus Malzahn’s team moved up two spots to No. 19 in both the AP Top 25 Poll and Amway Coaches Poll after its 52-20 drubbing of Arkansas in Fayetteville. It was a crucial game for Auburn, in which it showed the ability to bounce back and produce in the second half — regardless of the competition.

Auburn is one of five SEC teams in the Amway Coaches Poll and four in the AP Top 25. Alabama was the unanimous No. 1 in both polls, which also included No. 3 Georgia and No. 23 LSU. Texas A&M came in at No. 24 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

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Auburn enters its bye week and could climb again depending on how much assistance it gets from other teams in the Top 25. No team in the country needs a week off more than the Tigers, who have several players on both sides of the ball dealing with a ranging severity of injuries.

Auburn’s schedule only gets tougher with a trip to Texas A&M on Nov. 4 followed by games against Georgia and Alabama in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Nov. 11 and 25, respectively.

Chip Lindsey’s offense picked up some speed and moved better on the ground. That was largely because junior running back Kamryn Pettway looked healthier than he has in weeks past. With the bruising rusher out front, it allowed Kerryon Johnson some downtime. That in itself is a notable tidbit from the win in Fayetteville.