2013 Free SEC Championship Pick
Missouri Tigers vs. Auburn Tigers
SEC Final Game Date: Saturday, December 7, 2013
SEC Championship Gametime: 4:00pm Eastern on CBS
SEC Championship Spread: Auburn -1 (from JustBet)
SEC Title Game Total – Over/Under: 58.5

Saturday SEC Championship Game Analysis: The #5 ranked Missouri Missouri Tigers SEC Championship PicksTigers take on the #3 ranked Auburn Tigers for the SEC championship on Saturday evening from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Auburn Tigers come into this matchup at 11-1 and coming off the one of the biggest wins in recent memory for the program. The Iron Bowl produced an ending that will forever go down as one of the greatest plays in the history of college football. Auburn defeated Alabama 34-28, which saw the Tigers return a failed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown to propel them to the SEC championship. It was the second straight game that they had won on some sort of miracle play. Two weeks prior, they scored on a 73 yard touchdown pass on 4th down and 17 that was tipped by Georgia defenders and into the hands of wide receiver Ricardo Louis. The Tigers have one of the most potent rushing attacks in the country as they average 318 yards rushing per game. They were even effective against a stout Alabama defense, rushing for 296 yards against the Crimson Tide.

Missouri also comes into Saturday’s contest at 11-1, with the only blemish on their record being a double overtime loss to South Carolina. Missouri punched their ticket to the SEC championship with a 28-21 victory over Texas A&M. Missouri has been one of the more impressive teams this year, with the fact that they are one bad quarter away from being 12-0. In the loss to South Carolina, the Tigers blew a 17 point lead, and it was with their backup quarterback Maty Mauck. Missouri’s offense is led by dual threat quarterback James Franklin, who has passed for 1952 yards and rushed for 412. Their backfield has two capable running backs, in junior Henry Josey (951 yards) and sophomore Russell Hansbrough (624 yards). Missouri’s offense also has three receiving threats that are matchup nightmares for opposing defenses, as they are all above 6’4”. Missouri’s defense is respectable, allowing 352 yards per game. Their rushing defense is outstanding, yielding only 119.1 yards per game.
Auburn’s season has been quite the turnaround. In their quality wins, they’ve kept games close and won in the fourth quarter. They’ve relied on late game magic to win their last two games and I think their luck runs out this weekend. Last weekend’s win against Alabama was a thrilling and emotional victory, and afterwards, they were the ones saying they should be playing Florida State in the BCS championship. Well, in case they didn’t realize, they had to play a very impressive Missouri team in the SEC championship. When any team gets that big of a win, there’s usually a flat spot the next weekend. Case in point, Alabama won with a last minute drive at LSU last year, the following week they were flat and lost to Texas A&M in Tuscaloosa. I think Auburn is really up against it this weekend, and Missouri is better in all 3 phases of the game. They are more balanced offensively, and their receivers will give the Auburn’s secondary fits. Auburn has had one hell of a run, but it ends Saturday in Atlanta.

Missouri Tigers vs. Auburn Tigers Free Pick:  Missouri +1 & Over 58.5 
Missouri Tigers vs. Auburn Tigers Game Prediction: Missouri 35 – Auburn 31

 

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