The 2013 NCAA football live stream and televised games will be highlighted by an afternoon showdown for the 2013 SEC Championship. The former No.1 Alabama Crimson Tide won't be competing for it this season though, as the Missouri Tigers and Auburn Tigers will face off at the Georgia Dome for the championship. It's possible with an Auburn victory and Ohio State loss on Saturday that Auburn could compete for the BCS National Championship to cap off their already impressive season. The latest televised and live stream NCAA football matchup will be featured on the CBS sports networks.
A Dec. 6 report from Nola.com indicates that this matchup will feature the No. 3 and No. 5 teams as Auburn and Missouri clash in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday afternoon. Both teams are 11-1 on the season, and "flying high" based on the success of their current campaigns. Auburn is coming off a huge last second victory over former No.1 Alabama to earn a spot here, while Missouri has won four straight including back-to-back victories over top 25 teams Ole Miss and Texas A&M these last two weekends. They'll now look to cap off their season by upsetting the team that upset Alabama.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn realizes his team is coming into this game off the biggest victory of their season (so far), but believes they need to focus on the task at hand: winning the SEC Championship and then, possibly getting a spot in the BCS Championship game. Malzahn told the media:
"The challenge on emotional wins is you've got to put it behind you. Our guys showed up for their Sunday practice and went about their business like normal. I thought that was a very good sign."
The irony of this particular matchup is that both teams finished at or near the bottom of their respective divisions. Missouri finished at just 5-7 overall and 2-6 in the conference, which was third to last in the SEC East. Auburn finished dead last in the SEC West at 0-8 overall and 3-9 in the division. A new season has made quite a difference for both squads who are now looking to call themselves champion of a conference many analysts believed Alabama was going to take in 2013, en route to another BCS Championship.
Instead, Auburn has put themselves into a position to get into the BCS Championship game if Ohio State is upset by Michigan State on Saturday in the Big Ten. The same could be said if Duke manages to upset Florida State for the ACC title game, but it will all depend on the BCS format and scores. Missouri, whose sole loss was to South Carolina this past season, is now in a position for a strong BCS Bowl game as well, just a week after defeating Heisman-hopeful Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M.
Looking at how the two teams stack up in terms of stats, Missouri and Auburn are 18th and 16th, respectively, in terms of total yards per game. Missouri ranks 44th in passing yards, while Auburn is 108th. Where the Auburn Tigers tend to excel is with their rushing attack, as they're currently fifth in the nation, gaining 318.3 yards on the ground per game. Missouri ranks eighteenth, while these two teams are both among the top 20 teams in terms of scoring. Auburn averages 38.6 points per game, while Missouri averages 38.8 points a game. Of note, this is just the second time these two teams have met in college football, with the first taking place in the 1973 Sun Bowl. The end result there was a 34-17 Missouri victory.
So who is favored in Saturday's big game? According to Vegas Insider, odds makers had Missouri opening as 2 point favorites earlier this week. As of this report, they've fallen to 1 point favorites, or the game is a "pick em" situation, depending on the sports book. The over/under is set at a total of 56 1/2 points for the game. Weather is expected to be a non-factor as the game will be played under the dome. There's currently no injuries of note to report for this SEC Championship game.
Saturday's SEC Championship game featuring Missouri vs. Auburn is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. TV viewers can see this game on cable or satellite through CBS and local affiliate stations around the nation. In addition, this game is scheduled for live streaming online through the CBS Sports SEC Live section of the website. See the video feed here as well as other interactive features, comments from social media and more.