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Malzahn leads No. 11 Auburn to huge turnaround in first season

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By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn defensive end Dee Ford has visions of another surprising national title run.

That might be a stretch but the 11th-ranked Tigers have risen from a dreadful season to the brink of the Top 10 with an upset win over then-No. 7 Texas A&M.

The victory vaulted Auburn 13 spots in the rankings and made the Tigers perhaps the chief challengers to No. 1 Alabama in the SEC West. They're the only teams in the division with less than two losses.

Ford says there's no reason Auburn can't pull off a repeat of 2010. His take: "We said we wanted to have the biggest turnaround in college football. Why not win it all?"

Even without Cam Newton leading the way, the Tigers have already doubled their 2012 win total.

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