The Auburn Tigers dropped their second game of the season last week, losing to top-ranked Georgia, 27-20. The loss sank Auburn’s overall record to 3-2, and their SEC record to 0-2.
Despite the loss, the ESPN Football Power Index has the Tigers ranked at the same spot they were heading into the week, at 32.
Auburn has slowly declined in FPI over the first half of the season, but a good performance, albeit a loss, against Georgia, saved them from falling any further.
The FPI ranks each college football team by a variety of factors; Strength of record, strength of schedule, offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency, and overall efficiency.
Here’s a look at where the Tigers rank in several major categories in the ESPN FPI after their first loss of the season.
Overall Ranking: No. 32
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Auburn dropped out of the top 30 in overall FPI for the first time in 2023 last week.
They have stayed outside of the top 30 again this week.
The Tigers were major home underdogs against Georgia, as BetMGM had them as 14-point home underdogs while the ESPN FPI gave them just an 18.1% chance to win the game.
The fact the Tigers played well enough to have a chance at an upset until the games’ final seconds was enough to keep them from falling further in the overall rankings.
Strength of Record: No. 41
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Auburn’s ranking in strength on record tanked for the second straight week after back-to-back losses.
Things don’t get much easier for the Tigers after their bye week, as they travel to Death Valley to take on 23rd ranked LSU.
ESPN FPI is currently giving Auburn a 24.9% chance to upset LSU on the road, but those numbers are certain to change over the next 12 days.
Strength of Schedule: No. 11
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Publish date : 2023-10-04 17:00:15
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