AUBURN, Ala. — The bye week came at the perfect time for coach Gus Malzahn’s team.
After Auburn (4-2, 2-1 SEC) defeated Mississippi State 38-14 in Starkville, the Tigers had the week to rest and recharge. Auburn fell one spot to No. 6 overall among 14 teams in the weekly SEC Country Power Poll but will have its chance to make a move with a big game this week.
The poll consists of 20 voters from SEC Country and around the nation.
Auburn opened the season with five straight home games before traveling for its first SEC road game, which ended with a third consecutive win.
In last week’s game, Auburn totaled 432 yards of offense while holding Mississippi State to just 289 total yards.
Arkansas found ways to stop Rebel quarterback Chad Kelly in the final minutes of Saturday’s game, pulling off an emotional 34-30 upset of No. 12 Ole Miss in Fayetteville.
Now the Razorbacks travel to Jordan-Hare on Saturday for Auburn’s first Top 25 matchup as a ranked team since Sept. 19, 2015, when Auburn played LSU.
Auburn and Arkansas have had some battles over the years. The Tigers hold a 12-11-1 edge over the Razorbacks since they joined the SEC. However, Auburn has lost 6 of the last 10 games and the Tigers’ 2015 trip to Fayetteville resulted in a four-overtime defeat.
The game against Arkansas will be the first of six remaining games on the Tigers’ schedule. In addition to three more home games, Auburn will visit Ole Miss, Georgia and No. 1 Alabama.
Check back next week to see the Week 8 installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 7 rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||260||20||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||240||0||2||2||2|
|3||Arkansas (7 - 6)||194||0||7||3||6|
|4||Florida (9 - 4)||181||0||6||3||8|
|5||Tennessee (9 - 4)||181||0||3||3||8|
|6||Auburn (8 - 5)||166||0||5||3||8|
|7||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||156||0||4||4||9|
|8||LSU (8 - 4)||141||0||8||3||8|
|9||Georgia (8 - 5)||88||0||9||9||13|
|10||Kentucky (7 - 6)||75||0||10||8||13|
|11||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||54||0||11||10||13|
|12||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||51||0||14||9||14|
|13||Missouri (4 - 8)||17||0||12||10||14|
|14||South Carolina (6 - 7)||16||0||13||12||14|
This week's voters:
Alec Shirkey (SEC Country)
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Barrett Sallee (Bleacher Report)
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)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (Hawgs 247)
Parrish Alford (Daily Journal)
Pat Dooley (Gainesville Sun)
Shehan Jeyarajah (SEC Country)
Suzanne Halliburton (Austin American-Statesman)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)