Missouri Tigers (10-2) at Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 6, 2014, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Alabama Crimson Tide -3 -- Over/Under: 48.5
The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Missouri Tigers face off on Saturday afternoon in the Georgia Dome in the SEC Championship game.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are the number one ranked team in the nation and are looking at a spot in the college football playoffs. Alabama took a loss earlier this year at Ole Miss but since them they have been unbeatable and winners of the SEC West. The Alabama offense is averaging 36.7 points and 489.3 yards per game and they are led by QB Blake Sims who has completed 63.1 percent of his passes with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. T.J. Yeldon is the Tide’s leading rusher with 885 yards and eight touchdowns and Amari Cooper leads Bama in receiving with 103 catches and 14 touchdowns. The Alabama defense is allowing 16.9 points and 312 yards per game with 17 takeaways and 29 sacks. Reggie Ragland has 86 tackles, Landon Collins has 84 tackles, and Trey Depriest has 78 tackles. Alabama has looked to be in trouble last week at Auburn but they bounced back for the win.
The Missouri Tigers find themselves in the SEC Championship for the second year in a row after winning the SEC East. Missouri took bad losses at home to Georgia and Indiana but other than that they won them all and plenty of times in the underdog role. The Missouri offense is averaging 28.6 points and 365.9 yards per game and they are led by QB Maty Mauk who has completed 53.5 percent of his passes with 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Russell Hansbrough has rushed for 949 yards and nine touchdownsand Bud Sasser has 65 catches and nine touchdowns. The Missouri defense is allowing 19.7 points and 331.1 yards per game with 22 takeaways and 40 sacks. Kentrell Brothers as 103 tackles, Michael Scherer has 100 tackles, and Shane Ray has 13.5 sacks. Missouri is hoping to have another upset in them.
Alabama is 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 neutral site games, 4-11-1 against the spread in their last 16 games, and 0-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Missouri is 16-5 against the spread in their last 21 SEC games, 13-3 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 19-6-1 against the spread in their last 26 games.
The line in this one just seems to high as Missouri seems to play up to the tougher competition and I see them at the very least keeping this close.