CFP chair Kirby Hocutt explains why Auburn was No. 6 in this week’s rankings

Auburn beat then-No. 1 Georgia on Saturday in a game that was never even as close as the 40-17 final makes it seem. The Tigers dominated every aspect of the game while picking up a huge win.

On Tuesday night, they were rewarded by the College Football Playoff selection committee, jumping from No. 10 to No. 6.

The Tigers are now behind No. 5 Wisconsin, an undefeated team. During a conference call following Tuesday’s rankings, CFP chairman Kirby Hocutt was asked why the Tigers, with two losses, were right behind an undefeated squad.

Hocutt said there’s a gap between the two teams, but the committee has been impressed with Auburn.

“There was separation between 5 Wisconsin and 6 Auburn,” he said. “Very impressed with Auburn with their convincing win not only against Georgia but Mississippi State on their resumé. I think I’ve said before, Auburn being a physical team on both sides of the ball, I would say Auburn in the eyes of the Selection Committee is the best two-loss team at this point in the season.

“Wisconsin, solid win over Iowa, who beat a very good top-10 ranked Ohio State a week earlier. Wisconsin is a team that continues to impress the Selection Committee. They’re top 10 in the country in both offensive and defensive 3rd down efficiencies. Only one team has scored more than two touchdowns against Wisconsin. You know, there was separation between No. 5 Wisconsin and No. 6 Auburn.”

Hocutt then went on to call the Tigers the best two-loss team in the country.

Indeed, the Tigers can even add to their resume, as they’ll have a chance to beat now-No. 1 Alabama in two weeks. Then, if they win that game, a rematch with Georgia in the SEC Championship Game would be next on the schedule.


Source: Saturday Down South

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