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Auburn Football: Why Tiger Fans Should Not Panic About a Slide To No. 2

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 23:  of the Auburn Tigers of the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Nathan DealCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2010

In the BCS standings released Sunday, Oregon jumped over Auburn for the No. 1 spot. Jesse Palmer once again berated Auburn (because the Tigers owned him when he was a Gator) for not having style points. This isn't the WAC, Palmer. Not the WAC.

The Tigers still control their own destiny, and if the bowls were announced tonight, the only difference between this week and last week is the color of uniforms worn. Auburn would likely be in white.

Auburn has Georgia, No. 6 Alabama and possibly the SEC East champ on the schedule. Oregon also has a killer November. If Auburn wins four more games, they WILL be in Glendale, Arizona, on January 10th playing for its second national championship in school history and its first since 1957. Same for Oregon, who has never won a national championship.

The top 10 looks like this:

1. Oregon

2. Auburn

3. TCU

4. Boise State

5. Utah

6. Alabama

7. Nebraska

8. Oklahoma

9. Wisconsin

10. LSU

The SEC has three teams in the top 10, and Arkansas, South Carolina and Mississippi State are also ranked in the top 20. Auburn beat those teams by a combined score of 117-84.

Tiger fans, there is no need to panic. All that matters is that Auburn is in the top two. Besides, who can really have a beef with Oregon being No. 1? They have looked like it for some time now. However, you can talk about Auburn and Oregon all you want. If Auburn plays Oregon in the biggest game in both schools' history, we'll find out who is truly No. 1.

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