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Week 15 Matchup: vs. No. 5 Missouri—Sat, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. ET on CBS
Key Wins: No. 4 Alabama, No. 22 Georgia, No. 24 Texas A&M
Losses: No. 15 LSU
Auburn jumped into the national title conversation and into the SEC title game with its astonishing win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
As hard as it might be to believe, the Tigers, after finishing 3-9 a year ago, could make the national title game by beating Missouri for the SEC title.
Mizzou, the improbable SEC East champion, will head to Atlanta to take on Auburn, the champ from the West, in the Georgia Dome.
Coming off an emotional Iron Bowl win, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn touched on the mindset of his team, which will now move on to another daunting foe, via Charles Goldberg, AuburnTigers.com:
We're worried about Missouri, and we should be...We're playing one of the Top 5 teams in the country. We're going to have to improve from last week's game to have a chance to win.
I knew our guys would flip the switch. We're playing the SEC Championship. They've been extremely focused. It's been a business-like approach.
As previously mentioned, the whichever team takes care of business in Atlanta will have a shot at jumping Ohio State for No. 2 in the BCS, though nothing is guaranteed. To make things easier, Auburn will become a Michigan State fan this weekend—if it beats Missouri first.
Mizzou has been equally surprising this season, turning a 5-7 campaign into a run at the SEC banner. The Tigers are no fluke either, as they rank No. 2 in the league in scoring offense and No. 2 in scoring defense.
They have strong leadership at quarterback, playmakers on offense and talent on the defensive end. Mizzou's biggest weakness is its defensive secondary, but Auburn's biggest weakness is its passing offense, making that matchup an overall wash.
The SEC title game is sure to be thrilling, and it might come down to whichever team is better able to move on from the drama of the previous weekend.
If Auburn takes down Mizzou, though, it'll still need help from either MSU, by some miracle Duke or the BCS computers to complete its national title run.