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After being absent from the polls for a full calendar year, the Auburn Tigers made a return to the national rankings on Sunday, following a 26-22 victory at Tennessee in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicates.  The Tigers check in at number 17 in the Associated Press poll and number 19 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

The knock on Auburn during previous weeks was that the Tigers haven’t played any team of significance, even though they destroyed the same Mississippi State team that took number four LSU to the brink, and came back to beat the BCS-capable West Virginia Mountaineers.  After passing their first road test with flying colors in Neyland Stadium Saturday night, there is little doubt that the Tigers are for real.

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