In quite possibly the game of the year with one of the best endings of a college football of all time, the Auburn Tigers took down the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide in dramatic fashion. Now, talks are stirring up about who should be playing for a national title and it looks like Auburn is one of the top choices.
The Missouri Tigers are being highly overlooked in the BCS standings as well as in the SEC title game. With just two conference wins a year ago between the two teams in the title game, both are so much improved and talented that it could be anyone’s game.
Auburn was looking like an average, at best, team prior to the season, but they ended up proving everyone wrong. In typical Auburn fashion, just like with Cam Newton, they came out of nowhere and have taken the country by storm — fighting for a spot in the national title game. Nick Marshall is the quarterback of the team and he has done a great job this season, passing for 1,627 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing for another 922 yards and 10 scores. Sammie Coates has been his favorite wide out, catching 32 passes for 747 yards and six touchdowns. Tre Mason has been phenomenal in the run game, accounting for 1,317 yards and 18 scores.
Missouri, like I said earlier, has been extremely overlooked in this game. Nobody has talked about the Tigers making the national title game, but it could very well happen behind the strong arm of James Franklin. The senior quarterback has passed for 1,952 yards and 16 touchdowns even after missing a few games due to an injury and freshman Maty Mauk stepped in and did a great job in his absence. L’Damian Washington leads the team in receiving with 824 yards and 10 touchdowns on 44 catches while Dorial Green-Beckham is close behind with 49 catches for 686 yards and 10 scores. Henry Josey leads the 18th-ranked rushing attack with 951 yards and 13 touchdowns on over six yards per carry.
Defensively, Auburn has been solid this season and one of the best teams in the SEC when it comes to keeping teams out of the endzone, but slowing teams down is another story. The Tigers rank 31st in points allowed as well as 91st in yards allowed per game. Missouri has been a bit more impressive, ranking 14th in points allowed per game and 51st in yards allowed.
Missouri and Auburn will meet for the SEC title at 4 p.m. EST on Saturday, Dec. 7. The championship game will be broadcasted on CBS.
PREDICTION: Auburn 31, Missouri 34
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