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.
|WON BY 7 AT HOME||
|WON BY 4 ON ROAD|
|WON BY 15 ON ROAD||
|WON BY 5 AT HOME|
|WON BY 28 AT HOME||
|WON BY 32 ON ROAD|
|WON BY 22 AT HOME||
|WON BY 29 AT HOME|
|WON BY 14 ON ROAD||
|WON BY 8 AT HOME|
Both teams also had 4-1 record against nationally ranked teams.
|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.