AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football is doing everything in its power to throw college football into complete chaos.
On Tuesday night, the Tigers ascended several spots in the College Football Playoff rankings. After upsetting No. 1 Georgia last Saturday, Auburn moved up four spots from No. 10 to No. 6.
Alabama took over the No. 1 spot after defeating Mississippi State in Week 11. Other teams ranked ahead of Auburn included Clemson, Miami, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
The final rankings will be released on Dec. 3.
Gus Malzahn’s team continues to be the highest-ranked two-loss team, with defeats coming against Clemson and LSU.
Auburn was one of five SEC teams that claimed spots in the rankings, including No. 7 Georgia, No. 16 Mississippi State and No. 20 LSU.
The Tigers will face another top-ranked team after they’ve barely had time to digest their Thanksgiving dinner — Alabama on Nov. 25 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The result will decide the SEC East champion and who will play Georgia in the conference championship game on Dec. 2 in Atlanta.
Malzahn’s team dominated the Bulldogs last Saturday. Kirby Smart’s team scored a touchdown on its initial drive, but after that the Tigers took complete control on the Plains.
Running back Kerryon Johnson and quarterback Jarrett Stidham achieved almost anything they wanted to against UGA’s highly touted defense. The Tigers defense continued to demonstrate why it is one of the best in the country. Georgia’s freshman quarterback Jake Fromm couldn’t do much of anything, hence the 40-17 loss.
The coming weekend likely won’t do anything to help Auburn in the rankings. The Tigers are hosting Louisiana-Monroe. When the Warhawks traveled to the Plains last season, they left with a brutal 51-point loss. This week shouldn’t be much different.
Meanwhile, Alabama plays Mercer, Miami will take on Virginia, Oklahoma will travel to Kansas. The most likely upset that would allow Auburn to inch up and steal the No. 5 spot would be a win by Michigan over fifth-ranked Wisconsin.
Once more, with feeling: A second-half recap of Auburn 40, Georgia 17 as it happened