AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn likely felt a sense of déjà vu when it departed Mississippi with another win Saturday night.
Behind Kamryn Pettway’s third-consecutive career rushing game (236 yards, 1 TD), the Tigers (6-2, 4-1 SEC) defeated Ole Miss 40-29 in their second SEC road game of the year. It was Auburn’s fifth-straight win and third victory over the Rebels since 2013.
While Auburn moved up four spots to No. 11 in the AP Top 25 on Sunday afternoon — the Tigers also jumped to No. 12 in the Amway Coaches Poll — head coach Gus Malzahn’s team remained at No. 3 overall among 14 teams in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll.
The poll consists of 26 voters from SEC Country and around the nation.
During their first conference road game three weeks ago, the Tigers bulldozed Mississippi State 38-14 in Starkville. On Saturday night in Oxford, Auburn struggled to stop Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly. Kelly eclipsed Archie Manning’s school single-game passing record (465 yards) during the game. But Auburn navigated a win on the ground, outrushing the Rebels by more than 200 yards (307-105).
Auburn opened as the favorite in next week’s matchup against visiting Vanderbilt. The Commodores boast the seventh-best run defense in the SEC. The Commodores have held their last four opponents to under 20 points despite winning half of those games.
Before its bye week, Vanderbilt beat Tennessee State 35-17 on Oct. 22.
Auburn is looking to even the overall series against Vanderbilt, who currently leads 21-20-1. The Tigers won the last two meetings in 2008 and 2012.
Malzahn’s team will only play one more regular-season home game (against Alabama A&M), but must still travel to Athens and Tuscaloosa.
Check back next week to see the Week 10 installment of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 9 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (14 - 1)||338||26||1||1||1|
|2||Texas A&M (8 - 5)||309||0||2||2||4|
|3||Auburn (8 - 5)||281||0||3||2||4|
|4||Florida (9 - 4)||252||0||6||3||6|
|5||LSU (8 - 4)||248||0||5||3||6|
|6||Arkansas (7 - 6)||187||0||7||5||10|
|7||Tennessee (9 - 4)||175||0||4||5||11|
|8||Kentucky (7 - 6)||143||0||10||6||11|
|9||Ole Miss (5 - 7)||137||0||8||6||11|
|10||Georgia (8 - 5)||114||0||9||6||13|
|11||South Carolina (6 - 7)||83||0||13||7||13|
|12||Vanderbilt (6 - 7)||53||0||11||7||14|
|13||Mississippi State (6 - 7)||43||0||12||10||14|
|14||Missouri (4 - 8)||3||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)
Cody Worsham (Tiger Rag Magazine)
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)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Wilson (SEC Country)
Otis Krik (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)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)