Tale of the Tigers

Comparing common opponents for Missouri, Auburn

Updated: 2013-12-04T00:28:01Z

The Kansas City Star

Each day leading up to the SEC championship on Saturday, The Star will break down a key statistic regarding the Tigers of Missouri and the Tigers of Auburn.

If either 11-1 Missouri or 11-1 Auburn has an edge based on common opponents, we can’t find one.

Missouri and Auburn went undefeated against their five common opponents: Arkansas State, Mississippi, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Georgia. The average score in Mizzou victories was 33-16, for Auburn it was 42-27.

Both teams went 7-1 in Southeastern Conference games, with Missouri’s average score 35-19 and Auburn’s 36-28.

Auburn’s Tigers went 4-1 against teams who were ranked at kickoff, including last week’s triumph over No. 1 Alabama. Mizzou also went 4-1, with the Tigers’ triumph at Georgia serving as a season turning point.

Here’s one slight difference: Auburn’s West Division owned a two-game advantage over Missouri’s SEC East this season.

| Blair Kerkhoff, bkerkhoff@kcstar.com

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