Ranked rivals in the SEC close out the regular season against each other on Saturday night, as No. 19 Texas A&M pays a visit to No. 5 Missouri.
Missouri has already earned a share of the SEC Eastern Division title, but can claim the crown outright and punch its ticket to next week’s conference championship game in Atlanta with a win over the Aggies. The Tigers currently sit at 10-1 on the year and 6-1 in conference, and they are coming off a 24-10 triumph at Ole Miss, that earned head coach Gary Pinkel his 100th victory at the school. Pinkel will tie Don Faurot for the all-time program lead with one more win, and another victory will also mark only the third 11-win campaign in school history. It will also keep Mizzou’s chances of reaching its first-ever BCS bowl game alive.
Texas A&M had lofty expectations coming into the campaign, and the team shot of the gate with a pair of lopsided wins. Then came a showdown with two-time defending national champion Alabama, a game that would wind up being one of the wildest of the season, but went to the Crimson Tide 49-42. The Aggies would rally to win three straight, but then came another shootout loss, this time in a 45-41 final against Auburn. Three more wins followed, then yet another setback as A&M fell last week at LSU, 34-10. [Read more...]