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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