AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn’s Week 10 win over Vanderbilt wasn’t the most appealing one to add to the resume, but it was a win. Even in a week in which several other Top 10 teams took losses, the Tigers didn’t move in the College Football Playoff rankings.
Gus Malzahn’s Auburn football team stayed put in the College Football Playoff rankings, which were released Tuesday night for the second time in 2016. Auburn debuted at No. 9 in the committee’s initial standings last week.
Where Auburn is ranked
Auburn (7-2, 5-1 SEC) is ranked No. 9 in the second College Football Playoff rankings of 2016. The Tigers moved inside the Top 10 of both traditional polls earlier this week.
What it means for Auburn football
Auburn still is in perfect position to land in a New Year’s Six bowl game even if it falls to Alabama in an Iron Bowl that will decide the SEC West if Auburn beats Georgia this week. The Tigers are the third-highest ranked two-loss team behind Texas A&M and Wisconsin, yet they have control of where they will end up in their conference championship race.
The Tigers might need a little bit of help to crash the playoff if they win out. It all depends on how the committee views a one-loss Louisville team or a one-loss Big Ten team that don’t win their conferences. Still, two early-season losses and an SEC title should theoretically be enough for get Auburn into the final four.
Auburn visits rival Georgia (5-4, 3-4 SEC) on Saturday afternoon in Sanford Stadium. The Tigers are favored by a couple of scores, but they haven’t won in Athens since 2005. Auburn has lost 8 of its last 10 meetings with Georgia, with the only two wins coming from teams that went onto win the SEC Championship Game.