The SEC title is on the line when Missouri and Auburn take the field at the Georgia Dome in Week 15.
With identical records of 11-1, both teams are vying for a BCS bowl game berth with a victory. Making things even more interesting, there's a good chance the winner will make it to the BCS National Championship Game if Ohio State and/or Florida State lose this weekend.
Auburn is riding high after taking down Alabama at home to win the Iron Bowl. Chris Davis' 100-yard return for a touchdown off 'Bama's 57-yard field-goal attempt will go down as one of the greatest plays in college football history.
The huge win could propel Auburn to victory this week, but it could also cause the team to come out flat after expending so much emotionally the week before.
Missouri comes into the SEC Championship Game having flown under the radar, but consecutive wins against ranked SEC teams—Ole Miss and Texas A&M—are proof enough of this team's ability to win big games.
Here's a look at when and where you can catch the SEC Championship Game, along with injury reports, an examination of the biggest key to victory and a final prediction:
When: Saturday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. ET
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta
Live Stream: SEC Live
Betting Lines (via Covers)
- Over/Under: 58 points
- Spread: Auburn (-2)
Auburn Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Patrick Miller||OL||Ques Sat - Disciplinary - 12/1/13|
|Joshua Holsey||DB||Out for season - Knee - 10/26/13|
|Justin Garrett||LB||Out indefinitely - Undisclosed - 10/17/13|
|Jaylon Denson||WR||Out for season - Knee - 9/25/13|
|Jeffrey Whitaker||DT||Out for season - Leg - 10/8/13|
Missouri Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Marvin Foster||DL||Out for season - Bicep - 11/5/13|
Can Auburn's Secondary Shut Down Missouri's Receivers?
If you haven't watched Mizzou play this year, then you're going to be stunned by the size and speed the Tigers' receivers possess when the game gets going.
Senior Marcus Lewis (6'5" and 220 lbs) is the team's possession receiver, having caught 50 passes this year for 596 yards and two touchdowns.
He's the least dangerous of Missouri's top-three receivers.
Senior L'Damian Washington (6'4" and 205 lbs) and sophomore Dorial Green-Beckham (6'6" and 225 lbs) are the team's two big-play threats. Both men have caught 10 touchdown passes, and they both are a threat to take it to the house every time they touch the ball.
Auburn comes into the game with the nation's No. 100-ranked pass defense, allowing 256.7 yards per game, and you can expect quarterback James Franklin to attack this porous unit on a regular basis, believing his receivers will win their one-on-one battles.
With a healthy James Franklin running Missouri's offense, this contest is going to be tight.
Both he and Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall come into the championship game having just performed well in Week 14, and both offenses have been effective running the ball.
The team that can force mistakes will win, which is bad news for Auburn, which ranks No. 95 nationally with just 17 forced turnovers. Missouri, on the other hand, is one of the best in the country at forcing turnovers, with 27 this year (No. 11 in the nation).
Auburn comes into the game with more hype as the No. 3 team in the BCS standings and after taking down the mighty Crimson Tide. However, it'll be a different group of Tigers that wins the SEC Championship Game this Saturday.
Missouri wins 31-28.
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