Biggest surprise: Auburn or Missouri?

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    Did ANYONE see either of these SEC teams having such great years?
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    Mizzou is the biggest (positive) surprise.
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    Both could potentially play for the BCS Championship with one loss if they win out. It would be a shame if either gets blocked out of the BCSCG due to ReF$U and tOsU and their jokes of a schedule.
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    I thought Auburn was going to be good. You could see there was a lot of talent on that team. They has a really good recruiting class as well. They just needed to find a QB.

    Mizzou was a bigger surprise to me I under estimated how much the injuries impacted that team last year. I thought they would be improved but not this much. Mizzou also got to play some SEC East team when they were at their worst injury wise this season
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    Missouri has 10 senior starters and played a lot of teams (GA, FL) at the right time like we did last year. Auburn hired Ellis Johnson, a good DC, and had a new HC already familiar with the program. Both have had their share of breaks, that's for sure. Not really that surprised.
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    I also vote Mizzou. Auburn hired an excellent coach and should be good for a while.
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    Last year at this time Pinkel was 5-7 and everybody was calling for his head. They wanted to fire him. This year he could possibly play for the national champion. Maybe there is hope for us. Auburn last year was 0-8 in the SEC now this year they too could play for a national champion. Both had amazing turn arounds. But deep down I don't see us doing a 180. I wonder why?
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    I expected Mizzou to rebound very strong. The were in a bad way with injuries last year and got a ton of experienced talent back this year.

    So, for me, Auburn is the bigger surprise, although Malzahn coaching up a bunch of guys he recruited makes sense that it would work.

    Great seasons for both teams, though.
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    Auburn. Mizzou had plenty of talent last year but much of it was injured. Auburn doing the turn-around they've done in just one year is pretty amazing to me. Why? Because as a Gator fan I've been led to believe that it takes a new HC at least 4 years to get a team to a point where it can compete for championships.

    P.S. I'm a "new member" with 12,000 or so posts?
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    I would say Auburn bit more surprise than Mizzou to me.
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    Mizzou is a bigger surprise to me. I said at the beginning of the season that their offense was going to surprise some people and be better than expected, but I really didn't think they'd be as strong on the defensive side as they are.
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    Missouri, because I didn't expect their defense to be as good as it has been. Also I have been impressed at how they still won games with their starting QB battling injuries.
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    The biggest surprise if UF losing to Vanderbilt and GSU in the swamp. Auburn could play Mizzou in the SEC title game and that wouldnt be bigger shock to me!
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    Thing is Auburn hired the coach that I think 95% of America knew was the real story behind Auburn's success. Missouri had a ton of injuries, but they also had to adjust to playing in a much tougher SEC. Think about it, last season you had 3 11-win SEC East teams, Vanderbilt won 9 games last season, and Missouri also had to play Texas A&M and national champion Alabama. The East was a pretty tough division, when you combine that with their injury woes and adjustment to the SEC, 5-7 was pretty reasonable.
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    Auburn is the bigger surprise. Mizzou:

    a) Lost 11 starters to attrition
    b) Lost several more starters to injuries, including their QB
    c) Played the toughest schedule in the nation last year...

    ...yet STILL finished 5-7, with close losses to Vandy (9-4), Florida (11-2), and Syracuse (8-5)

    I didn;t expect them to be THIS good, however.

    Auburn got Malzahn back, who recruited his offense, and got Ellis Johnson, who was an architect in building USCe up to powerhouse levels.

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