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SEC Championship Game: Staff predictions

James Franklin and Missouri are the favorites, but Auburn seems to have some magic on their side. Photo: USA Today Sports

Did we save the best for last? It's possible. Auburn and Missouri's surprising seasons see them each reach Atlanta, which nobody saw coming after last season. Credit head coaches Gary Pinkel and Gus Malzahn for the work put in t this season. The SEC Championship Game could be another classic, although whether a one-loss SEC champion reaches the BCS Championship game remains to be seen, and will certainly be debated all weekend until the bowl match-ups are announced. Auburn vs. Missouri. This is who we have winning this one….

Allen Kenney:  Disrespect! While everyone and their mother have spent the last week debating the merits of Auburn, people seem to ignore that Mizzou is the better team. Auburn's wonky passing attack will fail it as Mizzou schemes to shut down the ground game.

Missouri 24, Auburn 20

Andy Coppens: This matchup is going to be HIGH SCORING folks. Neither of these teams play great defense and both score a ton of points offensively as well. Give me the Tigers in this one. Sorry, I haven’t been sold on Auburn all year and they’ve been very lucky to win games over the last few weeks. Give me a small upset in this one as Missouri ends the lucky streak of the other Tigers.

Missouri 37, Auburn 31


Aaron Torres: Well, well, well….this one looks like a classic case of head versus heart. My head tells Auburn is in the team to beat, in the midst of a season of destiny, and that there’s no way they lose this game. My heart- and gut- tells me to stick with Mizzou though.

It just seems infeasible to me that the Tigers can POSSIBLY get up for another big game, after what happened last weekend, and with the whole world spending the last six days patting them on their collective backs. Not to mention that the Mizzou Tigers are a legitimately tough match-up for the Tigers of Auburn, specifically with their wide receivers.

I guess what I’m trying to say is: I like Missouri to win the SEC…I think.

Missouri 34, Auburn 31  

David Singleton: Auburn has had two straight miracle finishes. They won't need a third. Look for Auburn's relentless ground game to eventually wear down Missouri's bend but don't break defense.

Auburn 41 Missouri 31

Jonathan Biles: How emotionally drained will Auburn be after back-to-back heart-stopping finishes? That will be the issue. Auburn has the talent to beat Missouri, and Missouri has the talent to beat Auburn, as well. This game will probably prove to be the most competitive of the conference championship games.

Auburn 27, Missouri 24

Josh Parcell: Let's get one thing straight: Auburn is NOT a "team of destiny." The Tigers won the lottery in back-to-back games just go get here. Missouri hasn't been tested quite as much as Auburn has, but the SEC East champs would love nothing more than to smack the West champs in the mouth after all of the hype that's come Auburn's way in the wake of it's miracle win last Saturday.

Missouri 38, Auburn 31

Kevin Causey: A match-up of two really good teams that nobody thought would be here at the beginning of the season. I made a point of saying that these are "really good teams", because they aren't great teams but they both play solid football and give themselves a chance to win every game they are in. They create chances for luck and they haven't shot themselves in the foot this year. If Auburn can keep Dee Ford on the field, I think he will have a huge impact on the game and the Tigers will hoist the trophy.

Auburn 27 Missouri 24

Kevin McGuire: A match-up of top five teams in the SEC Championship game never seems to get old. Auburn and Missouri are each big surprises in the conference this season and well deserving of their respective slots in Atlanta. And they are pretty even teams as well, so we should be in store for a pretty good game. Can Auburn keep the magic alive for one more week? If they can get the running game working to perfection as they have been known to do throughout the year, I see little reason why not. Auburn's defense is a weak spot though, and Missouri should be capable of making some plays against them. In the end though, I'll ride with the team that seems to have destiny on their fate, but I don't see a one-loss champion getting to the BCS Championship Game this season. It will not be quite as dramatic as the last couple of games, but Auburn gets a late touchdown to wrap up the SEC championship.

Auburn 34, Missouri 32

Tom Perry: Auburn has been living on the edge and even two weeks ago I'd be surprised if Gus Malzahn even thought the Tigers would be in this game. Missouri has been playing well and Gary Pinkel's team could very easily be undefeated right now. It's time for the SEC East to win.

Missouri 24, Auburn 21

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Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Member of the FWAA and National Football Foundation. College Football Hall of Fame voter. Also managing Bloguin's NittanyLionsDen.com and Macho-Row.com.

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