Nov 2, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers running back Russell Hansbrough (32) is congratulated by offensive linesman Connor McGovern (60) after Hansbrough

Missouri looks to secure appearance in SEC Championship game

Although Texas A&M opened the season with National Championship aspirations while Missouri battled for a ranking, the two squads have since flipped positions. A win this Saturday will secure Missouri a spot in the SEC Championship game against Alabama, potentially with a BCS National Championship trip on the line.

Missouri enters this contest 3-1 against ranked opponents, while Texas A&M enters 0-3. Interestingly enough, it was perhaps the Aggies week 3 showdown against #1 ranked Alabama in which they had the best shot to win against a ranked opponent this year. However, it seems that their 49-42 loss in that game was quite deflating, as they proceeded to drop another tough game against Auburn at home, and get blown out on the road against LSU last week.

Missouri on the other hand has benefited from playing in the weaker SEC West. Two of their wins against ranked opponents have come against Georgia and Florida, who are now both unranked. Their other win against a ranked opponent came against SEC East squad Ole Miss, who is now also unranked. Texas A&M has a brilliant opportunity to play spoiler against what is perhaps the most over-ranked team in college football, taking vengeance for their disappointing season.

Ticket prices for this match-up have declined 16% in the past week to an average of $121 dollars, which while 22% above the average price for Missouri football tickets at home this year, is still 43% below the price of Texas A&M football tickets when they hosted Missouri last season. If all goes well for the Tigers however, fans will be fighting for the opportunity to get in line to pay top dollar for some SEC Championship game tickets and the opportunity to see their squad appear in the game for the first time in its existence—a position Texas A&M thought they might find themselves in at the beginning of the season.

For even more on upcoming bowl game ticket pricing, check out this top ten from Forbes.

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