The Missouri Tigers, much like their opponent in Atlanta today, have been a nice surprise of the 2013 season. They were one of the laughing stocks of the SEC last season, and came out this year and went 11-1 and have earned the right to be called SEC East Champions.
While there is a lot of focus put on James Franklin and the Mizzou offense, this Tigers defense has been stifling opponents all year long, which is also a good reason why they’re in the position they’re in.
In case anyone didn’t know that, they just put it on display for everyone to see against the Auburn Tigers.
First, it actually all began with a Missouri offensive turnover, as Franklin was picked off by the Tigers defense:
It seemed at the time that Auburn caught a huge break, but in actuality, it would be Mizzou that would catch the break when Auburn QB Nick Marshall fumbled, Missouri recovered and ran it right in for the go-ahead score at the time:
Turnovers mean everything in a game like this.