Tigers Fourth In BCS, Focused On Iron Bowl

Auburn moved to fourth in the latest BCS standings and the Tigers will take

Auburn, Ala.--After weeks of speculating how things would play out the Auburn Tigers find themselves at No. 4 in the latest BCS standings heading into a showdown with top-ranked Alabama on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

Moving up two spots because of losses by Baylor and Oregon, Auburn finds itself with its highest standing since 2010 heading into one of the biggest games of the season in college football.

Coming in at sixth in last week's standings at .7860 with Clemson seventh at .7681, Auburn jumped both Baylor and Oregon following upset losses. Auburn's overall number moved to .824 with Missouri now fifth at .808. Clemson comes in just behind the SEC duo at sixth.

Auburn's computer ranking dropped from third to fourth with Florida State, Alabama and Ohio State the top three.

In the polls the Tigers checked in at No. 4 in the AP and fifth in the coaches poll. Auburn is also fifth in the latest Harris Poll.

The good thing for the Tigers is that Gus Malzahn is keeping the team focused on the task at hand and for him that is improving each day. Not looking ahead to the next day much less the next game, Malzahn said this week is a big game and there is no way around that, but it doesn't change his focus.

"I'm pretty motivated," Malzahn said. "We could be playing a junior high team and I'm going to be very motivated."

That drive is something that has carried over to his team in 2013 according to veterans C.J. Uzomah and Nosa Eguae. Two of Auburn's leaders on offense and defense, both said that while it would be easy to focus on what lies ahead if the team beats Alabama that's not possible playing for Malzahn.

C.J. Uzomah is a junior tight end/H-back for the Tigers.

"We've been taking it one game at a time," Uzomah said "There's going to be some talk like ‘well if we do this, then this could happen.' We'll say that in the locker room, we'll have a team meeting and coach Malzahn will say, he'll just put it to bed and put it to rest and get in our minds that we can't think like that because this is a great team that we're going to play against. They're going to bring it."

A player who was part of a season that came together perfectly in 2010, Eguae knows all too well what this week's game means to Auburn. Learning plenty about the rivalry, he said that this game is as big as it gets but the team is focused on each and every day. If they do that the senior said, then everything else will take care of itself.

"It's about the process, man," Eguae said. "Every single day, we're going to do what we have to do to get better. That's what got us here and that's what we're going to do this week. Nothing is going to change. We're going to do what we do. We're going to come out there Saturday and play great football."

Full BCS Standings

1. Alabama (11-0) .9881 1 1 2595 .9981 1 1544 .9961 2 97 .9700
2. Florida State (11-0) .9697 2 2 2494 .9592 2 1488 .9600 1 99 .9900
3. Ohio State (11-0) .9200 3 3 2389 .9188 3 1428 .9213 3 92 .9200
4. Auburn (10-1) .8236 6 5 2139 .8227 5 1268 .8181 4 83 .8300
5. Missouri (10-1) .8077 8 6 2109 .8112 6 1243 .8019 5 81 .8100
6. Clemson (10-1) .7726 7 4 2148 .8262 4 1289 .8316 10 66 .6600
7. Oklahoma State (10-1) .7615 10 7 2013 .7742 7 1225 .7903 8 72 .7200
8. Stanford (9-2) .6665 9 8 1759 .6765 10 981 .6329 9 69 .6900
9. Baylor (9-1) .6456 4 9 1679 .6458 8 1009 .6510 11 64 .6400
10. South Carolina (9-2) .6101 11 10 1620 .6231 9 1003 .6471 12 56 .5600
11. Michigan State (10-1) .5780 13 11 1595 .6135 11 962 .6206 14 50 .5000
12. Arizona State (9-2) .5052 17 16 976 .3754 18 574 .3703 6 77 .7700
13. Oregon (9-2) .4950 5 12 1284 .4938 12 777 .5013 15 49 .4900
14. Northern Illinois (11-0) .4620 16 17 936 .3600 20 459 .2961 7 73 .7300
15. Wisconsin (9-2) .4448 19 15 1035 .3981 14 661 .4265 13 51 .5100
16. Fresno State (10-0) .4124 15 13 1206 .4638 13 687 .4432 17 33 .3300
17. LSU (8-3) .3737 22 14 1155 .4442 15 646 .4168 19 26 .2600
18. Oklahoma (9-2) .3380 20 19 856 .3292 17 581 .3748 18 31 .3100
19. Central Florida (9-1) .3364 18 20 855 .3288 19 512 .3303 16 35 .3500
20. Louisville (10-1) .2522 21 18 930 .3577 16 603 .3890 27 1 .0100
21. Texas A&M (8-3) .2243 12 21 698 .2685 21 410 .2645 23 14 .1400
22. UCLA (8-3) .1921 14 22 391 .1504 22 257 .1658 19 26 .2600
23. Southern California (9-3) .1779 23 23 385 .1481 23 210 .1355 21 25 .2500
24. Duke (9-2) .0885 NR 24 298 .1146 24 203 .1310 26 2 .0200
25. Notre Dame (8-3) .0674 NR 25 55 .0212 26 17 .0110 22 17 .1700

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