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2014 SEC Championship: Signature wins and the underdog role

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Missouri once again plays the underdog role in the SEC Championship, and Alabama's offense strays from the Alabama stereotype.

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Jack and Sam bring Bill Connelly on to talk about football and you should listen because Bill explains how Mizzou will upset Bama and why that's totally happening Saturday

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Mizzou, ever the Underdog

Bernie: All that's missing for Mizzou is signature win : Bernie Miklasz

That’s a tough assignment, and Mizzou’s 14-point underdog status is legitimate. But to command the kind of respect that the Black & Gold crave, this good team must rise up and deliver a knockout punch to a true heavyweight.

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Mizzou in familiar underdog role : Dave Matter

The Tigers spent the rest of the regular season playing the role of SEC zombies. They came back from the dead and haunted the rest of the division, winning six straight games, four as underdogs. Over the last two seasons, Missouri and Alabama share the best record in SEC regular-season games at 14-2. They both swept four common opponents this year in Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee and Texas A&M. The last two years, the Tigers have beaten more bowl-eligible teams in regular-season play (13) than Alabama (12).

Division titles nothing new to Gary Pinkel and Missouri Tigers - ESPN

Of Pinkel’s nine full-time assistants, five have remained at Mizzou with Pinkel since he arrived in 2001: defensive coordinator Dave Steckel, cornerbacks coach Cornell Ford, quarterbacks coach Andy Hill, running backs coach Brian Jones and defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski. Ford, Jones and Kuligowski were also with Pinkel at Toledo and Hill was at Mizzou before Pinkel arrived and is in his 19th season in Columbia.

Breaking down Mizzou's bowl possibilities : Dave Matter

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Alabama is offensive

Sims' patience rewarded at Alabama : Dave Matter

Blake Sims doesn’t belong in the Frequent Flyer Club. The Alabama senior from Gainesville, Ga., is the exception to the trend in college football. He didn’t start right away for the Crimson Tide. Instead, he stayed. Rated the No. 33 athlete in the 2010 recruiting class, Sims began his ’Bama career as a backup running back.

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The Tide is also averaging just over 206 rush yards per game and netting about 37 points per outing. Their offense is extremely opportunistic, coming away with points on 50 percent of its drives.

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Tiger Tweets

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>Headed to the <a href="">@GeorgiaDome</a> for <a href="">#SECATL</a>? Starting to pack for the trip? Here&#39;s all you need to know... <a href="">#Mizzou</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Mizzou Athletics (@mutigersdotcom) <a href="">December 3, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p><a href="">#GoldenRay</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) <a href="">December 3, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>How good has Maty Mauk been in the 4th quarter the last two games? According to this graphic, ridiculously good! <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Mizzou Football (@MizzouFootball) <a href="">December 2, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p><a href="">#Mizzou</a> <a href="">@MIZ_MAUK7_ZOU</a> &quot;Honestly I could care less about the respect. I&#39;m here to win championships.&quot; <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Mihir Bhagat (@MihirBhagat) <a href="">November 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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