The Missouri Tigers pulled off a crucial win over arguably the best offense in the country, the Texas A&M Aggies. Texas A&M fought hard, but in the end, they just couldn’t contain Missouri quarterback James Franklin.
Next up for the Tigers are the SEC West Champions, the Auburn Tigers. Auburn beat the Alabama Crimson Tide on a last-second field goal return for a touchdown. Auburn is obviously favored to win the SEC Championship after defeating the No. 1 team in the country, but Missouri has what it takes to pull off the upset.
The most important take away from the win over the Aggies was the Missouri defense’s ability to shut down the most explosive quarterback in the country and current Heisman holder, Johnny Manziel. The Tigers held Manziel to 195 yards passing and only 21 yards on the ground. If Missouri can do that to a player like Manziel, they are more than capable of stopping a player like Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall.
If Missouri can contain Marshall, then Auburn will be unable to score. Sure, their team is talented all over the field, but Marshall is the key to putting it all together. In Auburn’s lone loss of the season to the LSU Tigers, LSU held Marshall to only 46 yards on the ground and no touchdowns. Stopping Marshall is the key to stopping Auburn.
Missouri may need a miracle to sneak into the National Championship, but the National Championship is the last thing on the Tigers’ minds. They want the SEC Championship, and the only team standing in their way is Auburn.