Auburn Runs All Over Missouri to Win SEC Title

12/7/13 in NCAAF   |   BlakeLovell   |   60 respect

Dec 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason (21) celebrates in the endzone after a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the 2013 SEC Championship game against the Missouri Tigers at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY SportsHeading into the SEC championship game between Auburn and Missouri, most of the talk was surrounding Missouri's defensive front and its ability to stop the run.

So, it's safe to say that a lot of people expected the battle for the SEC title to be a defensive struggle.

Well, that was far from the case. The Auburn Tigers got 304 yards and four scores on the ground from running back Tre Mason in route to a 59-42 victory over the other set of Tigers.

If you didn't see this game, your probably wondering why I didn't fix the typo in the previous paragraph. Ya know, the one about 304 yards rushing from a single player in a conference championship game?

The thing is, that actually happened. Mason's 304 rushing yards contributed to the 545 rushing yards for Auburn as a whole, which is a mind-blowing statistic when you think about how dominant Missouri had been defensively all season long.

But the fact of the matter is this: Missouri never, ever had an answer. Auburn ran the ball 74 times on the night and never showed signs of slowing down. Nick Marshall only had to attempt 11 passes for the game, which is rather incredible.

This type of performance was exactly what Auburn needed to impress voters. Make all the jokes and wise cracks that you want about how many points they gave up. That's understandable given the SEC's reputation as a "defense first" conference. However, this was a case of two outstanding offenses going full-on beast mode, with Auburn obviously being the more impressive of the duo.

Now, whether or not this win will affect the national championship game still remains to be seen.

It's hard to see a scenario where Ohio State tops what Gus Malzahn's team did this afternoon. But, they don't necessarily have to since the Buckeyes currently occupy the number two spot. It will all come down to how the voters decide to rank the teams should Ohio State win the Big Ten title and finish the season undefeated. After the show that Auburn put on today, there's no doubt in my mind that they're the better of the two teams. 

The most important part is out of the way though for Malzahn and company. All they can do now is wait.

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