AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn’s streak-snapping win over LSU at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night needs to turn into real forward momentum for coach Gus Malzahn.
According to the 22 voters in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll, Auburn is already heading in that direction.
After a dramatic 18-13 win over LSU in Week 4, the Tigers moved up two spots to No. 7 overall in the poll, which consists of 21 voters from SEC Country and others around the nation.
Auburn moved to .500 both overall and in SEC play with the victory, which ended a streak of 6 consecutive home losses to conference opponents. The 2-2 Tigers will host Sun Belt foe Louisiana-Monroe this Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, SEC Network).
While Auburn’s only points of the Week 4 contest against LSU were 6 field goals by junior kicker Daniel Carlson, the Tigers have several reasons to be positive following the victory. The Auburn defense held LSU to just 338 yards of total offense just one year after allowing more than 400 rushing yards in a loss to the Bayou Bengals.
Auburn improved its play on third downs offensively (8-for-19) and had 6 trips inside the red zone. Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee called Auburn’s plays against LSU while Malzahn served in more of a supervisory role over the entire team.
The Week 5 matchup against Louisiana-Monroe will end a long season-opening homestand for the Tigers. Auburn travels to Mississippi State, which is ranked No. 10 in this week’s Power Poll, in Week 6.
Auburn’s last meeting with Louisiana-Monroe in 2012 was an extremely close call, as the Tigers needed overtime to knock off the Warhawks by a score of 31-28. This year, Louisiana-Monroe is 1-2 under first-year coach Matt Viator and have lost back-to-back games to Oklahoma and Georgia Southern.
Check back next Sunday to see the Week 5 installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Through Week 4Results are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||286||22||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||262||0||2||2||3|
|3||Tennessee (9 - 4)||234||0||4||2||5|
|4||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||227||0||7||2||5|
|5||Florida (9 - 4)||182||0||5||4||8|
|6||Arkansas (7 - 6)||176||0||3||4||9|
|7||Auburn (8 - 5)||147||0||9||5||9|
|8||Georgia (8 - 5)||137||0||6||6||9|
|9||LSU (8 - 4)||131||0||8||6||9|
|10||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||72||0||10||10||12|
|11||Missouri (4 - 8)||69||0||11||10||14|
|12||Kentucky (7 - 6)||46||0||13||10||14|
|13||South Carolina (6 - 7)||23||0||12||11||14|
|14||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||10||0||14||11||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
Ben Wait (Columbus Commercial Dispatch)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Cory McCartney (Fox Sports)
Dave Matter (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
David Caraviello (Post & Courier)
Jason Kersey (SEC Country)
Jeff Drummond (AllWildcats.com)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Michael Bonner (Clarion-Ledger)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)