AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn’s Week 11 loss against Georgia not only ended the Tigers’ chances at the College Football Playoff — they might have taken away their chances at a prestigious New Year’s Six bowl.
Gus Malzahn’s Auburn football team fell six spots in the third edition of the 2016 College Football Playoff rankings after a 13-7 loss to unranked Georgia. Auburn landed at No. 9 in the first two editions of the committee’s standings, but now it’s in a tough spot.
Where Auburn is ranked
Auburn (7-3, 5-2 SEC) is ranked No. 15 in the third College Football Playoff rankings of 2016. The Tigers also fell outside the Top 10 in both traditional polls earlier this week.
What it means for Auburn football
Auburn is the second-highest ranked team in the SEC, but it needs a huge upset of No. 1 Alabama next week or some serious help to get to the Sugar Bowl. The bowl in New Orleans takes the top-ranked non-playoff team from the SEC, and Auburn is in the spot for now. How the Iron Bowl goes next weekend will play a huge part in where it stays.
If the Tigers can’t pull off the win over Alabama next weekend, they need Florida and LSU to stay below them in the Top 25. That could theoretically happen with a LSU loss to Florida this weekend and an LSU win over Texas A&M. Then Florida would need to either fall out of the SEC Championship Game or take a big enough loss in Atlanta against Alabama to stay below Auburn.
Auburn hosts FCS opponent Alabama A&M this Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network) in its final home game of the 2016 season. The Tigers need to get out of this paycheck game with a cleaner bill of health, as plenty of offensive skill players are either questionable or completely out for this matchup one week ahead of the Iron Bowl.