Second-ranked Auburn thrives on living dangerously

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - It's not so hard to put Auburn in a hole. Keeping the second-ranked Tigers there is much more troublesome.

Unbeaten Auburn has had to climb back from sizable deficits, including a school-record 24 points against Alabama. The Tigers have even done it against No. 18 South Carolina, which couldn't hang onto a 13-point lead in their last meeting.

The Tigers would like a better start against the Gamecocks and not live on the edge with a championship on the line.

But their resilience is a big reason Auburn will get a national title shot if they can beat the Gamecocks again in Saturday's Southeastern Conference championship game. The team has eight come-from-behind wins, and half of those came after trailing by double digits.

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