Dec 6, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Gary Pinkel addresses the media at a press conference as his team prepares to meet the Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship Game tomorrow at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Pregame: Missouri Battles Auburn for the SEC Title


Time: 3 p.m.

TV: CBS (Finally!)

Radio: 980 AM KMBZ

History: Mizzou leads series 1-0. Last played December 29, 1973 in the Sun Bowl. MU won 34-17.

Line: Auburn, -1



1. Front Seven

Only one team in the SEC averaged more rushing yards per game than Missouri and that was Auburn. The Tigers are averaging 6.3 yards per carry on the season – 5.7 in SEC play – and accumulated 39 touchdowns on the ground. All of this adds up to be the nation’s fifth most prolific rushing offense.

2. Dorial Green-Beckham

Auburn was dead last in the SEC in defending the pass based on yards allowed per game. DGB has been very active of late and could be the difference maker for the Tigers on offense.

3. Touchdowns Over Field Goals

Mizzou has to cash in their red zone chances with touchdowns, something Alabama would agree whole=heartedly with. Both of these teams are capable of putting up points at will, so the difference in the game could be how efficient both teams are in the red zone.



1. Nick Marshall

He can throw and he can run. He doesn’t throw the ball a lot, however, only 160 attempts in SEC play. But he can get the ball down field when he needs to. Auburn’s entire offense is based on his success.

2. Defense

Auburn can be scored on in multiple ways, particularly through the air. The Tigers ranked in the bottom nine against the run and the pass during SEC play.

3. Special Teams

Iron Bowl aside, Auburn has been a very consistent special teams program compared to Missouri. They are in the top five in punt and kickoff returns, and number one in punt coverage.


M-I-Z! A-T-L!

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