After yesterday's performance against Jacksonville State, we knew the Tigers would take a hit. Had the Tigers lost it would have been a guarantee that the Tigers dropped out of the Top 25. However, the Tigers were able to eek out the win in overtime.
Because of their victory, the Tigers remained in the polls, but they did drop out of the Top 10. They fell to 15th in the Coaches Poll and 18th in the AP Poll. With Arkansas losing to Toledo, the Hogs fell out of the Top 25. Mississippi State's loss to LSU means the Bulldogs dropped out, as well. Because of that, the entire SEC West is longer ranked.
Where the Tigers are ranked right now doesn't matter. The Tigers are still capable of winning all of their games. Yes, I'm a homer and a sunshine pumper, but I truly believe that Auburn is capable of fixing the issues and winning all of their remaining games. More on that later, though.
With Louisville's loss to Houston, I'm beginning to think there's no way they make it into the Top 25 anytime soon. So, it's really kind of pointless to do my usual "The Schedule" portion of this, since the ranked opponents Auburn will face are all SEC teams, anyway. Of those, there's Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M. So the Tigers still face five currently ranked teams in the 2015 campaign. Here are the polls:
|1||Ohio State (59)||Ohio State (62)||Ohio State|
|4||Michigan State (2)||Michigan State||Georgia|
|8||Notre Dame||Georgia||Michigan State|
|9||Florida State||Clemson||Ole Miss|
|10||UCLA||Notre Dame||Georgia Tech|
|17||Texas A&M||Oklahoma||Notre Dame|
|18||Auburn||Texas A&M||Texas A&M|
|25||Oklahoma State||Oklahoma State||Arizona|