Auburn Tigers State Their Case in SEC Championship Game

By Tim Letcher
John David Mercer, USA TODAY SPORTS

The Auburn Tigers held up their end of the bargain on Saturday night, beating the Missouri Tigers 59-42 in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game.

Auburn was extremely impressive on offense, rushing for an SEC Championship Game record 544 yards. Tre Mason led the way, with 303 yards on the ground, and four touchdowns on the ground in a withering offensive performance.

Now, Auburn will have to wait for the rest of Saturday’s game to play out to see what might happen regarding the BCS National Championship Game. Auburn will be hoping that either the Florida State Seminoles and/or the Ohio State Buckeyes will lose, opening up a spot for them in January’s national title game.

Auburn’s other chance of getting in is if Ohio State is unimpressive in beating the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday evening. If that happens, get ready for tons of lobbying on Sunday by Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn, his athletic director Jay Jacobs, and maybe even SEC commissioner Mike Slive, as they try to get another SEC team in the title game.

The SEC has won seven straight BCS National Championships, and the conference would love to extend that streak. However, Florida State and Ohio State were first and second in last week’s BCS standings, and those teams would expect to remain in those spots, providing they win their games tonight.

Auburn is hoping that their impressive display on Saturday can sway enough voters to pick them ahead of Ohio State and vault them into the BCS Championship Game.

For now, Auburn has done all that it can do on the field. The Tigers will be rooting for Michigan State and the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday night, looking for any sliver of help that they can get.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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