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Auburn's rise sets up top-5 Iron Bowl clash

November 24th, 2013 1:51 pm by Associated Press

Auburn's rise sets up top-5 Iron Bowl clash

Auburn offensive tackle Avery Young (56), linebacker JaViere Mitchell (16), quarterback Jeremy Johnson (6) and defensive lineman Gabe Wright (90) celebrate with the crowd Saturday night's 35-17 win over Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo)

Auburn moved from No. 6 to No. 4 in The Associated Press college football poll Sunday, setting up the second top-five matchup with Alabama in the history of the Iron Bowl.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide received 56 first-place votes and ran its streak of consecutive top-five rankings to 46, tying for the fourth most in the 77-year history of the AP rankings.

When Alabama plays at Auburn on Saturday, it will be the first time since 1971 the heated Southeastern Conference rivals were both ranked in the top five. The winner takes the SEC West title.

No. 2 Florida State received four first-place votes.

Undefeated Ohio State moved back to No. 3 after Baylor lost for the first time. The Bears slipped to No. 9 after a 49-17 loss at Oklahoma State, behind No. 5 Missouri, No. 6 Clemson, No. 7 Oklahoma State and No. 8 Stanford.

The Cowboys jumped four spots from No. 11 last week.

Notre Dame moved back into the rankings at No. 25.


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