Missouri and other tournament bubble teams can’t look too far ahead

If Missouri, 19-8 and 7-7 in the Southeastern Conference, which remains on the bubble in the opinion of most bracketologists, is going to play its way into a sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, it will get there one bite at a time. The Star’s Tod Palmer looks at the seven teams vying for fourth place in the SEC and the remaining schedule for each.

Three teams take different paths to top as SEC basketball season tips off

Three teams start the Southeastern Conference basketball race ahead of the others based on the polls, and each have been put together differently. Florida, Kentucky and Missouri are the league’s ranked teams with another, Arkansas, receiving a vote in either the Associated Press or USA Today coaches’ polls. Each of the leading trio starts league play Wednesday at home.

Auburn’s Tre Mason has turned on the afterburners

Auburn running back Tre Mason isn’t expecting to put up the kind of numbers against Florida State in tonight’s BCS Championship Game that he did against Alabama and Missouri. But after what his team accomplished this season — going from a winless SEC record to college football’s title game — he’s not ruling out any possibility.

High school football prepped Auburn coach Gus Malzahn

First-year Auburn coach Gus Malzahn spent 15 years in the high school ranks in Arkansas before getting his first college coaching job in 2006, and he said the prep level was ideal for preparing him for college coaching.

Missouri cancels Friday walkthrough at Georgia Dome

Travel delays forced Missouri to cancel its scheduled walkthrough Friday at the Georgia Dome. Missouri, which wasn’t planning to practice and hasn’t done Friday walkthroughs on the road all season, was delayed leaving Columbia due to “weight and balance issues” with the plane prior to takeoff, a team source said.

Video: Watch Auburn's wild finish over Alabama

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.