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Ok, Monday was good.
Tuesday was better.
But this Wednesday morning?
Tiger fans, your team has officially moved into the Top 10.
— Auburn Football (@FootballAU) November 1, 2016
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 1, 2016
When the first rankings for the 2016 College Football Playoff were released on Tuesday evening, Auburn sat at No. 9.
Alabama and Texas A&M are the other two teams from the SEC in the top ten. Other teams with at least one loss ahead of the Tigers are the Aggies, Ohio State, Louisville and Wisconsin.
Here’s a small sample of reactions from Twitter:
Texas A&M is ranked #4 in the first #CFBPlayoff ranking because they beat Auburn. An Auburn team that doesn't exist anymore, but okay.
— WarBlogle.com (@WarBlogle) November 1, 2016
Auburn's only losses: the No. 2 and No. 4 teams in College Football Playoff rankings. https://t.co/aBZI5tFWJA
— Brandon Marcello (@bmarcello) November 1, 2016
Have a feeling the SEC West is primed to get two in this year. Auburn, LSU are there looming.
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 1, 2016
Despite the reactions from fans and media about the way Auburn’s season has unfolded, players and coaches seem to be genuinely zoned in and focused on the next game on the schedule. As the season goes on there’s more “coach speak,” coaches and players saying things you’d like or expect them to say — proper answers.
However, this Auburn team has experienced ups and downs. And there’s lots of new, young faces that don’t quite understand what they’re in for in terms of playing Georgia or Alabama on the road.
So while the possibilities are real, there’s still a lot of football to be played.
A beast in the classroom
If you’ve been captivated by what defensive back Montravius Adams has done on the field this season, you’ll be even more impressed by what he’s done off of it.
The senior is an interdisciplinary studies major, focusing on communications, coaching and nonprofit. As he hopes for and works toward an NFL career, Adams is also focusing the impact he can have in the lives of others off the field, too.
Check out another striking student athlete in Auburn’s weekly academic spotlight.
— Auburn Tigers (@AuburnTigers) November 1, 2016
- Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee asks if Auburn or LSU is the bigger threat to Alabama.
- Jake Mastroianni, of Fly War Eagle, outlined Auburn’s path to the SEC Championship game while Dutch Dixon says wins are leading to more recruits for the Tigers.
- Auburn senior writer Charles Goldberg writes about how Sean White is earning respect with his toughness.
- Jeff Shearer wrote about how Auburn posted record revenues for the 2016 fiscal year.
- ESPN staff writer Greg Ostendorf says the sight of Kamryn Pettway strikes fear in defenders.
Auburn in the NFL
Here’s the midweek update of what former Tigers were up to in the National Football League over the weekend.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber carried the ball once in the Bucs’ 30-24 loss to the Raiders. So far this season, Barber has rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown.
- Angelo Blackson had one tackle and a pass deflection in the Tennessee Titans’ 36-22 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. The defensive lineman has totaled six tackles this season.
- Offensive tackle Shon Coleman started his third NFL game and helped the Browns gain 407 yards on offense as Cleveland fell to the Jets 31-28.
- The Cincinnati Bengals tied with Washington 27-27, but linebacker Karlos Dansby had six tackles in the game.
- San Diego offensive lineman King Dunlap started at left tackle, helping the Chargers rack up 369 yards on offense in their 27-19 loss to the Denver Broncos.
- New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Nick Fairley started and assisted on two tackles in the Saints 25-20 win over Seattle. This season Fairley has recorded 21 tackles an 3.5 sacks. He’s also started all five games.
- Linebacker Dee Ford had a career-high 3.5 sacks and totaled five tackles in the Kansas City Chiefs’ 30-14 win over the Colts. Ford has seven sacks this season, ranking fifth in the NFL. He’s also amassed 25 tackles.
- Defensive back Brandon King had two tackles in New England’s 41-25 win over the Bills.
- Wide receiver Ricardo Louis had two catches in the Browns’ 31-28 loss to New York. Louis has caught 16 passes for 183 yards, starting twice for Cleveland.
- Sen’Derrick Marks had a solo stop in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 36-22 loss to the Titans. The defensive lineman has nine tackles and a sack for the season.
- Nick Marshall recorded his first tackle as a New York defensive back, helping the Jets beat the Browns 31-28.
- Cam Newton led the Panthers to a 30-20 win over Arizona, ending a four-game losing streak. Newton threw for 212 passing yards and added 43 yards on the ground. The quarterback has totaled 1,508 passing yards (8 TDs) and rushed for 191 yards (3 TDs).
- Cleveland kicker Cody Parkey was made both of his field goal attempts (long of 41) in the Browns’ 31-28 loss to the Jets.
- Fullback Jay Prosch started for Houston in the Texans’ 20-13 win over Detroit.
- Jermaine Whitehead played in his first game as a Green Bay Packer, but didn’t record any stats in the team’s 33-32 loss to the Falcons.
Happening on the Plains
Auburn soccer moved up to No. 11 in the NSCAA poll. The Tigers play their first game against Tennessee in the SEC Tournament today at 12 p.m. CT.
— Auburn Soccer (@AuburnSoccer) November 1, 2016
For the second time, an Auburn swimmer was named the SEC Freshman of the Week.
Alison Maillard was recognized after two wins in No. 10 Auburn’s dual meet win over LSU last Friday. The Houston, Texas, native scored a personal-best on the 3-meter (302.85), earning the top spot by 16.12 points. On the 1-meter, Maillard scored a personal-best 272.33, winning top honors by 8.55 points.
— Auburn Swim & Dive (@AuburnSwimDive) November 1, 2016
So hopefully you voted in that awesome Halloween costume contest the gymnastics team had yesterday. The winners were…
??? The Auburn Gymnastics Halloween Costume Contest is officially over
— Auburn Gymnastics (@AuburnGym) November 1, 2016
Not over yet
Former Auburn baseball player David Ross and the Chicago Cubs are refusing to go down without a fight.
Cubs head into Game 7 with some momentum. pic.twitter.com/1xV5gVWykk
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 2, 2016
It ain't over! Cubs rock Cleveland, force Game 7 https://t.co/0gEPLPaXUm
— ESPNChicago (@ESPNChicago) November 2, 2016
The Cubs forced a Game 7, winning two straight elimination games.
This means that Ross’ final game of his career will be Game 7 in the World Series — between the Cubs and the Indians.
Cubs David Ross on Game 7: "It's fitting for these two franchises. This is storybook. They'll make movies about this one day." #WorldSeries
— Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) November 2, 2016
Could there be a better ending to a pro career?