Matchup: #16 Mizzouri vs. #1 Alabama (-14.5, 49 at JustBet)
Date/Time: Saturday, December 7th @ 4:00 pm (EST)
Location: Atlanta, GA (Airing on CBS)
Preview: The #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide take on the #16 ranked Missouri Tigers in the SEC Conference championship from the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Crimson Tide are coming off what might be their most satisfying victory of the season defeating Auburn 55-44 in what was one of the more exciting contests. Alabama trailed by as much as 11 with 11 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, yet quarterback Blake Sims and Amari Cooper took over in the second half with four unanswered scores as they rolled to the 11 point victory. Cooper set an Iron Bowl record with 224 yards receiving, as his talent could not be matched. Alabama’s defense was exploited somewhat against Auburn, but they definitely have one of the top defensive units in the nation and our second in a rush defense at allowing just 92 rushing yards per game.
The #16 ranked Missouri Tigers come in to Saturday’s match up at 10–2 and have won six straight. They are coming off a 21–14 win over Arkansas. There are two losses this season came at the hands of Indiana, losing a head scratcher 31–27. There other loss was against Georgia, being blown out at home 34–0. Missouri’s offense is led by sophomore Maty Mauk, who has struggled somewhat this season completing just 53% of his passes for 2279 yards with 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. There leading rusher is Russell Hansbrough, who has 949 rushing yards on the season averaging 5.4 yards per carry. Their offense is certainly not the reason why are they in the SEC championship game, it’s the defense that’s carried this team. The Missouri defense is ranked 16th in the nation allowing just 327 yards per game.
This one is rather easy for me; Alabama is the far superior team and should win this game by a large margin. This will be the best defense Maty Mauk has faced this season, and seeing how he somewhat turnover prone, I don’t give Missouri much of a chance in this game. I don’t see Missouri’s offense doing much, and while their defense may keep them in the game in the first half, Alabama should pull away in the second half. If Missouri has any shot in this game, they should try to take advantage of an Alabama team that might be a little sluggish in the beginning after a big win in a rivalry game. However, the Tigers just don’t have the offense to do it. Alabama wins rather comfortably and advances to the national championship playoff.
2014 SEC Championship NCAA Football Pick: Alabama -14.5, Under 49
2014 SEC Championship Score Prediction: Alabama 34 – Missouri 10