Auburn 24, Georgia 6
-- Auburn appealed to the poll voters with a dominant performance that left Coach Tommy Tuberville with little reason to give a stump speech.
The Tigers' 24-6 victory Saturday over No. 8 Georgia said it all.
"One thing I'd say: I'd hate to play us," Tuberville said. "I know the people will be fair when they vote. That's all we can ask."
Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown combined for 260 total yards and each scored a touchdown for the third-ranked Tigers, who may have earned the boost they needed in the Bowl Championship Series standings.
Auburn (10-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) was third in both polls and in the BCS standings behind Southern California and Oklahoma this week. The Tigers knew a big performance against the Bulldogs would go a long way toward convincing voters in the Associated Press media poll and the coaches poll that they're better than the second-ranked Sooners, who thumped Nebraska, 30-3, yesterday.
If Auburn can move past the Sooners in the polls, it should be able to move past them in the BCS standings. The top two teams in the final BCS standings will play in the Orange Bowl for the national championship.
"It's going to be hard not to vote for us," Williams said.
The 108th meeting between the SEC's oldest rivals was also the third time the Tigers and Bulldogs (8-2, 6-2) were both ranked in the top 10 when they met. But Auburn turned one of the most anticipated games ever played at Jordan-Hare Stadium into rout.
Auburn's dynamic tailback tandem of Williams and Brown did it all offensively.
Williams ran 19 times for 101 yards and caught four passes for 20 yards. He also threw a touchdown pass and returned a punt 40 yards to set up Brown's 15-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter that made it 24-0.
Brown ran for 51 yards and caught seven passes for 88.
Georgia went scoreless for 57 minutes, before David Greene hit Leonard Pope with a six-yard scoring pass with 2 minutes 13 seconds left.
Auburn's defense held the Bulldogs to 279 yards and came up with two key take-aways deep in its own territory.
The second turnover came in the third quarter with Georgia trailing 17-0, but threatening to make it a game. Greene found Reggie Brown for what would have been a first down inside the Auburn 20, but safety Junior Rosegreen hammered Brown, causing a fumble that Will Herring scooped up for the Tigers.
Brown stayed down for several minutes after the helmet-to-helmet hit before slowly walking off. He missed the rest of the game with a concussion.
The Tigers still have two tough tests left, at Alabama next week and in the SEC title game on Dec. 4, most likely against Tennessee.
"I think there are some things for us to do," Tuberville said, "to maybe win a few more voters."