Tale of the Tigers

Comparing potential advantages for Missouri, Auburn

Updated: 2013-12-05T02:06:42Z

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.

We know the offensive M.O. of each of the Tigers. Auburn likes to keep the ball on the ground and defenses on their heels in a no-huddle attack. Missouri presents balance.

Where can the teams exploit each other?

Missouri should have success through the air. Others have. Three teams threw for more than 400 yards against Auburn. Mizzou will have matchup advantages with its wideouts, and quarterbacks James Franklin and Maty Mauk need to pick on an average pass efficiency defense.

For Auburn, it’s basic. Don’t be sloppy. Missouri ranks among college football’s great takeaway teams, having forced a turnover in a NCAA-best 42 straight games. Mizzou’s plus-1.3 turnover margin ranks fifth in the nation, and it leads the SEC with 18 interceptions. Auburn has lost nine fumbles this season. But quarterback Nick Marshall can make a Heisman statement with a huge (and mistake-free) game.

| Blair Kerkhoff, bkerkhoff@kcstar.com

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