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5 Bold Predictions for Alabama vs. Missouri

5 Bold Predictions for Alabama-Missouri

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For the second straight season, the Missouri Tigers are headed back to the SEC title game. No one thought that would happen, especially after an early-season loss to one of the Big Ten's worst teams in Indiana at home. However, the Tigers are back and will be facing the No. 1 team in the nation in Alabama for the conference title.

Let's take a look at five bold predictions for the SEC title game.

Blake Sims Passes for 300 Yards, Rushes for 100 Yards

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Blake Sims Passes for 300 Yards, Rushes for 100 Yards

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This is a very bold prediction because of the fact that Sims has only rushed for over 50 yards once this year. However, he has shown the ability to run and I wouldn't be surprised if he took the game into his own hands, rushing for over 100 for the first time while passing for over 300 for the third time.

Maty Mauk Finishes With Less Than 150 Passing Yards

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Maty Mauk Finishes With Less Than 150 Passing Yards

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The sophomore quarterback has struggled this season with a relatively easy SEC schedule as well as a pretty simple non-conference slate. How do you think he will fare against the No. 1 team in the nation with arguably the best defense in the country? Not so well. Less than 150 yards and two picks for this guy.

Amari Cooper Racks Up Over 200 Yards

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Amari Cooper Racks Up Over 200 Yards

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Does Amari Cooper's success even surprise anyone these days? The junior wide out has over 1,500 yards on the season and he is coming off his third 200-yard receiving game of the 2014 campaign. He will add a fourth in this one while catching two more touchdowns, pushing his season total to 16 touchdowns and about 1,800 yards -- unreal.

Russell Hansbrough Carries the Offense

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Russell Hansbrough Carries the Offense

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With Mauk struggling to find a rhythm through the air, the offense will rely heavily on the running services of junior running back Russell Hansbrough. The third-year player has been solid this season and needs just 51 yards for 1,000 on the campaign. He has just three 100-yard games this year, but he has been hot lately, averaging about 119 yards per game in his last three. Expect that to continue.

Alabama Wins by 17 Points

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Alabama Wins by 17 Points

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The game will be close for the first half, but the Crimson Tide will assert their dominance and run away with the game in the second half, finding themselves up by 24 before a garbage-time touchdown scored by the Tigers.





Alabama and Missouri will meet up for the SEC title game. Let's take a look at five bold predictions for the matchup.

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I am sure there are a bunch of people out there who would have rather seen the Georgia Bulldogs go up against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC championship, but the Missouri Tigers earned their spot.

Speaking of which, the Tigers ended the regular season on a six-game winning streak. In no way did they have the toughest schedule in the SEC, but they still played some quality opponents. Not to mention, when it was all said and done, Missouri only had one loss in conference play. That’s not bad for a team that didn’t get any respect this year (won the SEC East and is only ranked as high as No. 13).

Although this is a big game for Missouri, there is clearly more on the line for the Crimson Tide. After all, Alabama still has a shot at making the College Football Playoff, and is likely many people’s favorite to win the title this year. That tends to be the case when a team is ranked No. 1 in the country.

Although Missouri’s defense has been no slouch this year (allowing 19.7 PPG), an Alabama defense is usually considered one of the best on a yearly basis. This year is no different (allowing 16.9 PPG).

Give me QB Blake Sims and the Alabama defense in this game and every other game after that. Nick Saban‘s team is No. 1 in the nation for a reason, and it is going to take a perfect game for the Tigers to pull off the upset. It would take a bad game from the Crimson Tide as well for this upset to go down.

Prediction: Alabama 30, Missouri 14

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Alabama-Missouri SEC Title Preview, Prediction





For the second straight season, the Missouri Tigers have made it to the SEC title game — quite the surprise seeing as this team was looking mediocre after a home loss to Indiana early in the season. This time, the Tigers will have to face the Alabama Crimson Tide in a game that will surely decide if Nick Saban‘s squad can save the SEC from being shut out of the first College Football Playoff.

Alabama could end up being the No. 1 team in the nation with a win in the title game and it will all depend on the play of senior starting quarterback Blake Sims. The first-year starter has done a tremendous job filling in for the departed AJ McCarron, passing for 2,988 yards, 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions for the 20th-best scoring offense in the land. Sims has also been solid on the ground, rushing for another 302 yards and six scores. Sims trails T.J. Yeldon and Derrick Henry in the run game as the two-headed monster in the backfield has combined for 1,639 yards and 16 touchdowns. Amari Cooper has easily been the senior QB’s favorite target and an easy choice for Heisman finalist, catching 103 passes for an astounding 1,573 yards and 14 touchdowns — those are video game-like numbers.

Missouri’s offense hasn’t been nearly as impressive as Alabama’s behind sophomore quarterback Maty Mauk. The second-year player has been average this season, completing just 54 percent of his passes for 2,279 yards, 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Mauk has also rushed for another 336 yards and a touchdown, trailing Russell Hansbrough‘s 949 yards and nine touchdowns as well as Marcus Murphy‘s 747 yards and four rushing scores. Bud Sasser has been Mauk’s favorite target, by a long shot, catching 65 passes for 904 yards and nine touchdowns. Jimmie Hunt is second on the team with 34 catches for 529 yards and seven scores while Darius White is third with 318 yards and four touchdowns on 26 receptions.

Defensively, like many other teams in the SEC, the Tigers have been stout this season. Missouri ranks near the top of the conference in both major categories — ranking 13th nationally in points surrendered and 16th nationally in total yards allowed per game. Alabama has been even better, if you can believe that, ranking sixth in points allowed and 11th in total yards allowed per game.

Missouri will travel to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to take on the Crimson Tide at 4 p.m. EST on Saturday, Dec. 6. The game will be broadcasted on CBS.

PREDICTION: Alabama 31, Missouri 14

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Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at connor.muldowney@rantsports.com.

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Possible Bowl Scenarios For Missouri Tigers





The Missouri Tigers season just keeps on rolling following a 21-14 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks on Friday, clinching the SEC East title for the second consecutive year. Obviously the Tigers will take on the Alabama Crimson Tide next in the SEC Championship Game, but what kind of bowl game are they looking at?

Well, it depends on the outcome of the game versus the top-ranked Tide. If Mizzou (10-2, 7-1) loses the game, they’re more than likely looking at a New Years Day bowl, probably the Citrus Bowl or the Outback Bowl, where they could expect to find either a Big Ten or ACC opponent. Missouri isn’t expected to beat ‘Bama, so this is the likely scenario.

But say the unexpected happens and Mizzou beats the Tide, then what? Could they actually jump from from the middle ‘teens in the rankings to the top four with a win over the number one team in the country on a neutral field?

Not likely. An awful lot would have to happen for the Tigers to miraculously jump (around) ten spots, even if the Tigers laid a whoopin’ on the Tide. But as SEC champion they would get a better bowl game, almost assuredly in the next tier up, the Selection Committee Bowl Games.

If Mizzou loses, prognosticators are saying Citrus Bowl. If Mizzou wins, it could be a trip to Miami for Mizzou fans to see their team in the Orange Bowl.

All in all, it’s been a good year for the Tigers. But you just know that Gary Pinkel still loses sleep at night about the inexplicable loss earlier in the year to Indiana, who finished the year at 4-8, with a 1-7 Big Ten record (and we all know how pathetic the Big Ten was this year).

If the Tigers had beaten the Hoosiers in that game, Mizzou would be 11-1 heading into the SEC Championship Game, likely ranked in the top 5. In that scenario, Mizzou would absolutely be in the first ever College Football Playoff with a win over the Tide.

Rick Stavig is an NFL Draft Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @rickstavig or add him to your network on Google+.

Which bowl game will Missouri play in? Hint: it depends on their next game.

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