How Does the USA Today Preseason Poll Alter Auburn's BCS Path?

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How Does the USA Today Preseason Poll Alter Auburn's BCS Path?
John Reed-US PRESSWIRE

The USA Today preseason coaches’ poll was dropped last week, with Auburn landing at the No. 25 spot to start the season. The Tigers are preparing for a big 2012, but does landing at No. 25 alter Auburn’s path to the BCS?

The Tigers will return 16 starters to the field and a host of experienced backups. Auburn finished a tough 2011 season on a high note with a double-digit win in the Chick-fil-A Bowl over Virginia—the No. 25 ranking to start fits the Tigers heading into the new season.

Auburn has climbed from the bottom of the preseason rankings to the BCS before—see 2010’s title run—but it isn’t a common place for teams to see substantial jumps in the rankings over the course of a season.

Will the low expectations hinder Auburn’s BCS aspirations?

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