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No one saw this coming: Auburn vs. Missouri for the SEC championship after turnaround seasons

  • Auburn cornerback Chris Davis (11) returns a missed field-goal attempt more than 100 yards for a touchdown on the final play of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Amanda Sowards)

    Auburn cornerback Chris Davis (11) returns a missed field-goal attempt more than 100 yards for a touchdown on the final play of an NCAA college football game against Alabama in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Montgomery Advertiser, Amanda Sowards)  (The Associated Press)

  • Fans celebrate on the field following Missouri's 28-21 victory over Texas A&M in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

    Fans celebrate on the field following Missouri's 28-21 victory over Texas A&M in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Auburn fans roll Toomer's Corner following their 34-28 win over No. 1 Alabama in an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013.  (AP Photo/Jay Sailors)

    Auburn fans roll Toomer's Corner following their 34-28 win over No. 1 Alabama in an NCAA college football game in Auburn, Ala., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Jay Sailors)  (The Associated Press)

Talk about an SEC surprise.

Just a year ago, the Auburn Tigers won all of three games and fired their coach. Just a year ago, the Missouri Tigers looked very much like a school that had no business joining the mighty Southeastern Conference.

Well, look at the matchup for Saturday's championship game.

Tigers vs. Tigers.

No. 3 Auburn (11-1, 7-1 SEC) earned its trip to Atlanta as SEC West champions with one of the most remarkable victories in college football history. Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 109 yards for the winning touchdown on the final play to beat two-time defending national champion Alabama 34-28. Fifth-ranked Missouri (11-1, 7-1) locked up the SEC East by holding off Texas A&M and reigning Heisman winner Johnny Manziel 28-21 on Saturday night.