After another split, Auburn dropped another couple of spots in both the AP and Coaches Polls that were released earlier today.
And here’s the Coaches Poll. Auburn’s #14 in the AP and #15 in the Coaches, still the highest-ranking team out of the SEC, but Tennessee’s closing the gap. The Tigers have two chances this week to win the SEC Championship (regular season) and earn the 1-seed at next week’s SEC Tournament in St. Louis.
The week was up and down for the Tigers, with the emotionally-charged home domination of Alabama before the frustrating loss on the road at Florida. Now, Auburn’s got a road game tomorrow night at Arkansas before returning home for the finale, a game against a South Carolina team they’ve already fallen to on the road.
We know the drill, Auburn’s path to the 1-seed is easy. Win one game, OR have Tennessee lose one game. With two games left on each team’s schedule, that means that Auburn’s got four chances to earn the top spot in the league and win the first regular season conference championship in 19 seasons.
However, it’s not going to be easy. We’re going to have to beat a red-hot Arkansas team on their floor, or beat a stingy South Carolina team at home with everything on the line. Now, the Tigers have rebounded very well after every loss this season, and in the SEC they’ve followed up each defeat with a double-digit win, sometimes at home and sometimes on the road. However, with Bryce Brown in a slump and a thin lineup, our hopes for a deep tournament run are shrinking. We need to figure out a way to make things work in one of the next two games, take control of the conference, and not rely on someone to beat Tennessee.
But, if Mississippi State or Georgia want to help us out, I’m not opposed to it. War Eagle!