Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Auburns miraculous run to the SEC championship game might have started a year ago this week, when Garden City (Kan.) Community College improbably won the Mississippi Bowl on a last-second field goal set up by a 62-yard tipped pass. The ball was heaved by Nick Marshall, who now guides an Auburn team that has pulled off similar finishes against Georgia and Alabama.
The SEC championship game was the first of its kind, and when Alabama beat Florida at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., in the inaugural event in 1992, the Crimson Tide won major college footballs first playoff game.
A closer look at the matchups.
No. 4 Auburn secured a spot in the SEC championship with a huge 34-28 win over No. 1 Alabama. Chris Davis returned a missed field goal more than 100 yards for a touchdown with no time left on the clock.
Chris Davis raced 100-plus yards with a missed field-goal attempt for a touchdown on the final play to lift No. 4 Auburn to a 34-28 victory over No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.
Saturday’s Alabama at Auburn game will decide the Eastern Division winner of the Southeastern Conference, which will play in the conference championship game a week later in Atlanta against either Missouri or South Carolina.
Blair Kerkhoff ranks the league's teams from top to bottom.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has every reason to supply Mississippi and Texas A&M with a detailed scouting report on Missouri. After all, Spurriers Gamecocks need the Tigers, 9-1 and 5-1 in the conference, to lose to either the Rebels on Saturday or the Aggies on Nov. 30 to clinch the SEC East championship.
Kentucky sophomore center Willie Cauley-Stein remembers the moment when he morphed from being just a tall kid living on the Kansas plains to a potential NBA Draft pick.
It took a wild play at the end of crazy game to do it, but the race for an Southeastern Conference East title is down to Missouri and South Carolina.
Auburn is off to a stunning 9-1 start. A program that finished 3-9 last season now has the SECs most potent running attack. Auburn rushes for 320 yards per game, by far tops in the conference. Junior running back Tre Mason leads the league with 16 rushing touchdowns and averages 103 rushing yards per game.
Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk was chosen Southeastern Conference freshman of the week for the third time this season Monday.
Missouri junior guard Jabari Brown was chosen to the preseason all-Southeastern Conference first team as voted on by the league’s basketball coaches. MU senior guard Earnest Ross was chosen to the coaches’ second team.
Three of the last four seasons, Alabama and LSU have finished as the top two teams in the Southeastern Conference West Division. So, it should come as no surprise that Saturday’s showdown at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is rife with SEC championship game implications.
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema accused Auburn of not providing complete game tape, saying on one play, the TV copy sent by Auburn doesn’t include an angle wide enough to see an entire “swinging gate” formation of a two-point conversion play. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said the SEC is aware of the matter.
Coaches say the upsets — three ranked teams lost to unranked opponents and No. 24 Auburn won at seventh-ranked Texas A&M — prove how deep the SEC is. “You better be ready to play every week,” LSU’s Les Miles said, recalling a loss on the way to the 2007 national title.
Alabama’s the best team, and Johnny Manziel is the most dynamic player in the Southeastern Conference halfway through the college football season. Otherwise, the SEC has been full of surprises, like undefeated Missouri.
Missouri was picked to finish fifth in the Southeastern Conference preseason media poll released Wednesday at the SEC Basketball Media Days in Birmingham, Ala. Tigers junior guard Jabari Brown was chosen to the media’s preseason All-SEC second team.