The Missouri Tigers will be on their way to Atlanta to play in the SEC Championship with a victory over the Texas A&M Aggies this week. Fitting that the only thing standing in Missouri’s way would be the team that came over with them from the Big 12 conference. The Tigers and Aggies have a history with each other, and you have to think that Texas A&M would love to derail the title aspirations.
Sat., Nov. 30th, 2013 @ 7:45pm ET
Faurot Field, Columbia, MO
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But not only is Missouri playing for a division title and a shot at the SEC Championship, there is still the possibility for a BCS Championship berth. It’s guaranteed that either No.1 Alabama or No.4 Auburn will lose in the Iron Bowl on Saturday. The winner of that one would be the opponent the Tigers face from the West should they beat the Aggies.
As such, Missouri could conceivably play No.1 Alabama in the Georgia Dome. If they were to pull off that upset and finish 12-1, they would have a strong case for the BCS Championship with issues still surrounding Florida State off-the-field (Jameis Winston), and Ohio State’s strength of schedule.
Of course, that is a long way off and the first task at hand is with Johnny Manziel and a very good Texas A&M offense.
The blueprint for how to slow down the Aggies offensive attack was written last week by the LSU Tigers though, who beat the Aggies 34-10. Manziel fell out of the race for the Heisman Trophy with the loss, having his worst performance of the year. LSU was able to stop Manziel from creating plays and limit the production that he had.
Missouri ranks in the top-15 in offensive and defensive scoring. They’ve given up a combined 30 points over the course of their last three games. This will be the main matchup that most will be concerned with.