The Alabama Crimson Tide (11-1), who ranked 1st in the most recent AP Poll, will look to win their second SEC Championship in the last three years when they face the Missouri Tigers (10-2), who ranked 17th in the most recent AP Poll. Alabama outlasted in state rival Auburn, 55-44 in the highest scoring Iron Bowl ever. Wide receiver Amari Cooper led Alabama’s offense with 224 receiving yards, which set an Iron Bowl record, and hauled in three touchdowns. Two of Cooper’s three touchdowns occurred during third quarter when he gassed Auburn’s secondary for strikes from 39 and 75 yards out. Cooper’s big day buoyed the output for quarterback Blake Sims. Sims threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions. Before the Iron Bowl began, Alabama’s spot in the SEC Championship game was secured after Mississippi knocked off rival Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. Winning the Iron Bowl, however, is one of Alabama’s top priorities each season. Alabama is a heavy favorite against the SEC East champions, the Missouri Tigers, and fans will pay top ticket prices to see which team will win the SEC Championship.
The average ticket price for Alabama vs. Missouri is currently $251.46 on the secondary market, with a get in price of $113. That's the lowest ticket prices for the game in at least five years.
|2014||Missouri vs Alabama||$251.46|
|2013||Missouri vs Auburn||$508.27|
|2012||Alabama vs Georgia||$602.24|
|2011||LSU vs Georgia||$440.23|
|2010||Auburn vs South Carolina||$668.74|
While the SEC West has been a dog fight between top teams, the SEC East hasn’t been as action packed. Missouri only suffered one loss to an SEC East foe, but that loss was a humiliating 34-0 defeat at home to a Georgia Bulldog team that did not have running back Todd Gurley II. Missouri did bounce back from that tough defeat and won six straight games heading into the SEC Championship. Missouri is coming off a 21-14 home victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks. Missouri railed to score 15 unanswered points during the fourth quarter to walk away with the victory. Running back Marcus Murphy scored the game winning rushing touchdown from 12 yards away with only 4:38 remaining. Missouri’s defense yielded only 133 yards to quarterback Brandon Allen and held Arkansas prolific rushing attack to just 155 yards.
While fans can expect to pay top prices to attend the Georgia Dome for the SEC Championship, Missouri is looking for its first over Nick Saban’s Alabama team. Saban’s team has only faced Missouri once and won in a convincing fashion. Alabama defeated Missouri 42-10 in 2012. Alabama’s rushing attack, which was led by Eddie Lacy, totaled 362 yards in the victory.
For more on championship weekend, check out this post from earlier today.