Surprising SEC title game set: Missouri vs. Auburn

James Franklin is leading the Missouri Tigers to the SEC Championship game. (Getty)

James Franklin is leading the Missouri Tigers to the SEC Championship game. (Getty)

The SEC Championship game is set.

And what a surprising pair of teams are headed to Atlanta.

Raise your hands if you thought Auburn would play Missouri for the SEC title at the beginning of the season.

Seriously.

Not me. No chance. I mean those teams were a combined 2-14 in the conference last year.

But that’s exactly what we have after a pair of Tigers earned their way to the SEC Championship game next Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

Missouri (11-1) knew all it had to do was defeat Texas A&M on Saturday night. But not even Johnny Football could lift the Aggies.

Instead, the Tigers scored a late touchdown on Henry Josey’s 57-yard run and defeated Texas A&M 28-21 to join Auburn, which defeated Alabama 34-28 in the most improbable of ways earlier in the day.

So much for South Carolina (10-2), which had finished the SEC part of its schedule and spent Saturday night knocking off sixth-ranked Clemson.

So now we have it.

No Alabama. No Georgia. No LSU. No South Carolina.

The 22nd rendition of SEC Championship game will feature Missouri (11-1), which is in its second year in the SEC, and Auburn (11-1), which rolled over South Carolina on its way to winning the national title in 2010.

Four months ago, who would have thought it?

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JimDog

December 3rd, 2013
12:06 am

Sucks to be a Carolina Gamecock. For three years in a row they have beaten the SEC East Champion (UGA twice and now Mizzou) and still not made it to the SEC CG at the Dome! Spurrier has to be feeling snake bit. Hate it for him…

FootballTopFan(c)

December 2nd, 2013
4:56 pm

FootballTopFan (c) offers our CONGRATULATIONS to the Missouri Tigers and Auburn Tigers on a great football season !!!

Playing in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championship game is a very, very prestigious.
honor reserved for the best of the best.

Football fans nationwide anxiously await the kickoff.

May the best TIGER win.

I dropped my fried twinkie

December 2nd, 2013
4:02 pm

BravesFan
You must not have ever been to the SEC CG……….there SEC fans of almost every team in town for the game every year. Many SEC fans know IF you wait til the teams are decided to get tickets and hotel rooms then you will be too late. I bet there are some So Carolina & UGa fans with hotel rooms and tickets too.

I dropped my fried twinkie

December 2nd, 2013
3:59 pm

Mizzou and Texas A&M are from a Weak conference they can’t COMPETE with the SEC teams?

Mizzou 16-8 playing in the SEC CG in 2nd year
Texas A&M 19-6 upset up some of the biggest baddest teams in the SEC in 2 years
UGa 20-6 backed into the SEC CG last year & making a living beating up the bad SEC teams for decades now.