- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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Auburn's performances in the SEC title game impressed voters more than Oregon's Civil War win at Oregon State.
Auburn eclipsed the Ducks in the AP poll. Oregon remained No. 1 with the Coaches Poll, which counts in the BCS standings, but the Tigers added 14 first-place votes.
What that means is the Tigers almost certainly will finish No. 1 in the BCS standings ahead of the No. 2 Ducks. They then can decided the matter on the field in the BCS national title game on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.
Oregon had been No. 1 in the AP poll for the past seven weeks. The Tigers whipped South Carolina 56-17 in Atlanta to finish 13-0. The Ducks are 12-0 after dumping the rival Beavers 37-20.
Auburn got 36 first-place votes in the AP poll, Oregon 23 and unbeaten TCU one. In the coaches poll, Oregon got 34 first-place votes, Auburn 24. The Tigers finished 13 points behind the Ducks.
Stanford remained No. 5 in both polls but it is expected to retain its No. 4 BCS ranking over Wisconsin, which is fourth in both polls, in the final BCS standings, which would guarantee the Cardinal an invitation to a BCS bowl, either the Orange (most likely) or Fiesta (still possible).
Auburn's performances in the SEC title game impressed voters more than Oregon's Civil War win at Oregon State.Auburn eclipsed the Ducks in the AP poll.