The national hype is getting real.
Riding a six-game winning streak, Auburn finds itself as the most realistic remaining option to upend Alabama. The Tigers still have Georgia and Alabama A&M ahead, but the looming Iron Bowl might have SEC title and College Football Playoff implications. It has the national media talking.
Auburn needed almost every second of the clock Saturday to pull off a narrow win over Vanderbilt at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Check out what is being said nationally about Auburn after the game.
Sam Khan, ESPN.com: “It took more fight than the Tigers would have preferred, but with a 23-16 victory over Vanderbilt, they remain in the playoff race.”
Chip Patterson, CBS Sports: “We’ll be monitoring Sean White’s health and Gus Malzahn’s choice of quarterback again, but the ceiling is much higher now.”
Paul Myerberg, USA Today: “Auburn is now in sole possession of second place in the SEC West Division. That means a potential matchup with Alabama in late November to decide the division and a spot in the conference title game. Hello, Iron Bowl.”
Aaron Torres, Fox Sports: “That player is Sean White, and frankly, there’s no other way to put it: The sophomore quarterback saved Auburn’s season on Saturday.”
Dr. Saturday, Yahoo! Sports: “Pettway became the first Auburn running back to top 150 yards in four straight games since Bo Jackson did it in 1985.”
Gabriel Baumgaertner, SI.com: “The Aggies’ loss and Auburn’s win over Vanderbilt now make the Tigers the most viable threat to Alabama’s supremacy in the SEC West.”
Bill Bender, Sporting News: “Who’s the best two-loss team? The temptation is to put Auburn here, but the (Wisconsin) Badgers seemingly play a tough opponent every single week and have overcome one-score losses to Michigan and Ohio State.”
Ralph Russo, The Associated Press: “There is still business to take care of for both No. 1 Alabama and No. 11 Auburn, but it is now all lined up for a winner-take-all Iron Bowl on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.”
Barrett Sallee, Bleacher Report: “Outside of the top four, Ohio State and Auburn are really the only two other teams that control their CFP destiny.”