Tigers vs. Tigers – Auburn & Mizzou Notes

Next Saturday, the Auburn and Missouri Tigers will meet in the SEC Championship Game, with the winner assured a berth in a BCS bowl game.  Both teams enter the game with surprising 11-1 records, after suffering losing seasons last year.    Throughout the week, we’ll have a few notes about this match-up, as well as a story about a Mike’s gameday experience in Columbia.  We’ll get it going with quick look at the body of work completed, which  is impressive.

COMMON OPPONENTS & RANKED TEAMS  –  

The two teams had five common opponents this season, and both went 5-0 against common opponents.

MISSOURI

OPPONENT

AUBURN

WON BY 7 AT HOME

TEXAS A&M

WON BY 4 ON ROAD
WON BY 15 ON ROAD

GEORGIA

WON BY 5 AT HOME
WON BY 28 AT HOME

TENNESSEE

WON BY 32 ON ROAD
WON BY 22 AT HOME

ARKANSAS STATE

WON BY 29 AT HOME
WON BY 14 ON ROAD

OLE MISS

WON BY 8 AT HOME

 

Both teams also had 4-1 record against nationally ranked teams.

Missouri

Auburn

Defeated No.7 Georgia on road Lost at No.6 LSU
Defeated No.22 Florida Defeated No.24 Ole Miss
Lost to No. 21 South Carolina (2 OT ) Defeated No.7 Texas A&M on road
Defeated N o.24 Ole Miss on road Defeated No.25 Georgia
Defeated No.21 Texas A&M Defeated No.1 Alabama

 

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FORTY-FOUR?

The 2013 Missouri Tigers will try to change history by winning a conference title, something that  has been a long-time coming to Columbia.  The last time the Tigers were conference champions was in 1969 when they played in the Big Eight Conference.  The head coach of the 1969 Tigers was  Dan Devine who would go on to coach the Green Bay Packers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.   Missouri did play in the Big 12 Conference Championship Game twice, losing to Oklahoma both times.

THE SWEETNESS OF SUGAR 

The winner of the game is will appear in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, unless they finish No. 1 or 2 in the final BCS standings, in which case they would have the opportunity to play for the BCS National Championship.  Auburn has appeared in the Sugar Bowl five times, with a record of two wins, two losses and one tie.  Missouri has played in the game twice, losing to Fordham 2-0, and defeating Florida 20-18.

IS THERE SOMETHING SWEETER?

Will the winner of this game have the opportunity to play for the BCS National Championship?   The winner will have a 5-1 record against ranked teams.   Only Stanford, currently 6-0 against ranked opponents and facing Arizona State for the Pac-12 Championship, will have the more victories against top foes.  Stanford also has two losses, which is why the Cardinal don’t appear to be in the BCS Championship mix.   Rankings won’t be out until later tonight, so it is unclear what the rankings of Mizzou and Auburn will be entering this game, we’ll update later in the week.

TIGERS WILL FIND THEIR WAY TO ATLANTA

Maybe we should have expected this to be the match-up all along.  In the last two years, the Georgia Dome has hosted several Tigers vs. Tigers tilts.  Last year, the Auburn Tigers faced the Clemson Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic, and the LSU Tigers faced off against Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. Now, it’s the Missouri Tigers vs. Auburn in the SEC Championship Game.

 

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