September 29, 2006

Auburn not trying to impress voters

College football rankings are like a beauty contest every week and No. 2 Auburn's performance against South Carolina Thursday night certainly wasn't a thing of beauty.

But it was a win.

"That wasn't one of our better games but I'd say it was a great challenge for our team on the road," said AU head coach Tommy Tuberville. "We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game. I thought going into the game if we played perfect we could win by 10 or 14 points but we obviously didn't play perfect."

Auburn held on for a 24-17 win against a team that was geared up to pull off a major upset. Sometimes championship teams have to survive games like AU did Thursday night. The Tigers clearly have a big target on their chest.

"We're going to get everybody's best shot. But that's the way it should be," said Tuberville. "That's part of being ranked high and being one of the best teams in the country."

Tuberville is not concerned about impressing the poll voters. He's concerned about winning games and getting his team to November with a shot at an SEC and national championship.

And he doesn't think AU or any SEC team should be thought lesser of for winning a conference game on the road, whatever the margin.

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