Auburn’s historic blowout of LSU was enough for Gus Malzahn’s team to re-enter the AP and coaches polls this week after two weeks on the outside looking in.
Auburn (4-2) returned to the AP poll on Sunday, checking in at No. 24 in the latest top-25 after its 48-11 dismantling of defending national champion LSU. Auburn climbed back into the coaches poll earlier in the day, settling in at No. 21. Auburn had dropped out of both rankings following its loss at South Carolina in October, but Malzahn’s team has since rattled off two straight wins and has looked significantly better each week.
The win against LSU, which was Auburn’s first since 2016, was also the team’s most complete overall performance of the year as the team heads into its off week.
Auburn is one of five SEC teams in this week’s AP poll, with No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Georgia, No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 8 Florida the other four ranked SEC teams. Auburn still has games remaining against two of them, Alabama and Texas A&M, over the final stretch of the season.
Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.