BCS Rankings: Auburn to the Top
Now it's ... Auburn's turn.
The Tigers, who are closing fast in the traditional polls on the strength of their 24-17 victory over previously unbeaten LSU on Saturday, vaulted to the top of where it counts most -- in the second installment of the Bowl Championship Series rankings released Sunday night.
Auburn narrowly edged the Oregon Ducks, who snagged the No. 1 spot for the second straight week in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls earlier Sunday.
Of course, the BCS is the real party.
Auburn displaced the Sooners, whose stay at No. 1 in the initial BCS rankings ended after only one week with a 36-27 loss to the undefeated Missouri Tigers on Saturday.
Sentimental favorite Boise State, idle on Saturday, remained at No. 3, while TCU and Michigan State rounded out the top five.
Auburn, ranked No. 3 in the traditional polls, is the SEC's lone unbeaten team following its victory over LSU. The Tigers piled up 562 yards of total offense, including 440 rushing, against the SEC's top defense. Quarterback Cam Newton directed the show, rushing for 217 yards and two touchdowns, and throwing for 86 yards.
Auburn better not get too comfy.
The Tigers' next test will be on the road, against Mississippi on Saturday. The road hasn't been kind to the country's top-ranked teams. Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma each tumbled away from home.
Boise State, meanwhile, hosts Louisiana Tech in a rare Tuesday night game, while Oregon is at Southern Cal on Saturday.
The Ducks' 60-13 win over UCLA on Thursday night was the third time they topped 60 points this season, and they average over 55 points per game, the best in the nation.
For those keeping score, it's interesting to note that the top six in the USA Today, AP, and Harris Interactive polls are all the same, and that the sixth-ranked team in all three polls is defending national champion and one-loss Alabama.