AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn’s performance against Vanderbilt was far from perfect. Nevertheless, the Tigers continued their 6-game win streak and climbed in several polls.
Kamryn Pettway surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark (173 yards) and Sean White, who was dealing with a shoulder injury, stepped in to provide a needed spark (106 passing yards, 1 TD) for the Tigers.
Auburn (7-2, 5-1 SEC) edged the Commodores 23-16 and landed at No. 8 in both the AP Top 25 and the Amway Coaches Poll. It was the first time since last September that Gus Malzahn’s team was ranked in the top 10.
The Tigers also jumped Texas A&M, who lost to Mississippi State, taking the No. 2 spot in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll.
The poll consists of 26 voters from SEC Country and around the nation.
After starting started junior college transfer John Franklin III at quarterback, Auburn went into halftime down 13-10. White started the second half by throwing a touchdown that put Auburn ahead for good.
One week after struggling to defend Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly, Auburn’s defense — the Tigers were playing without junior linebacker Tre Williams (ankle) — was forced to play without another key leader when Deshaun Davis was ejected for targeting in the first quarter.
The defense made second-half adjustments and senior defensive back Josh Holsey came up with his second-straight game clinching interception.
Auburn opened as the favorite in next week’s matchup against SEC East rival Georgia.
Georgia (5-4, 3-4 SEC) snapped a two-game losing streak by defeating Kentucky on a last-second field goal Saturday.
Georgia leads the series between the south’s oldest rivals (56-55-8) and has won eight of the last 10 matchups. Auburn earned wins in 2013 — you remember Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis in the Prayer in Jordan-Hare — and 2010.
The game is a must-win for Auburn’s chances of playing in the SEC Championship Game and having a shot at the College Football Playoff. The Tigers return to Auburn to play Alabama A&M on Senior Day after playing Georgia. Their final game will be Nov. 26 in Tuscaloosa for what could be an epic Iron Bowl.
Check back next week to see the Week 11 installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 10 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||338||26||1||1||1|
|2||Auburn (8 - 5)||309||0||3||2||3|
|3||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||273||0||2||2||5|
|4||LSU (8 - 4)||268||0||5||2||6|
|5||Arkansas (7 - 6)||232||0||6||4||6|
|6||Florida (9 - 4)||202||0||4||3||8|
|7||Tennessee (9 - 4)||171||0||7||5||11|
|8||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||146||0||9||6||12|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||122||0||10||7||12|
|10||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||105||0||13||6||12|
|11||Kentucky (7 - 6)||104||0||8||7||13|
|12||South Carolina (6 - 7)||65||0||11||8||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||29||0||12||12||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||2||0||14||13||14|
This week's voters:
Adam Sparks (The Tennessean)
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (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)
Graham Watson (Yahoo Sports)
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)
Otis Kirk (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Pat Dooley (Gainesville Sun)
Patrick Brown (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Travis Reier (BamaOnline)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)