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Win and you're in: No. 6 Auburn faces No. 1 Alabama for spot in College Football Playoff

Win and you're in: No. 6 Auburn faces No. 1 Alabama for spot in College Football Playoff

If this were any other season, Auburn might be done for.

The Tigers looked dead in the water a month ago when they let a 20-point lead slip away at Louisiana State, dropping their second game of the season.

Given that no team had made the College Football Playoff with two defeats, coach Gus Malzahn called the loss “extremely tough.”

But this isn’t any other season, not with so many upsets and a continual churn at the top of the polls.

Four straight victories have Auburn back to No. 6 in the latest CFP rankings, setting the stage for a decisive showdown against No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.

“Four weeks ago, if you told them we were in this position, I don’t think...

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