The last time Alabama and Missouri met on the gridiron, things were quite different.
The Tide and Tigers were in Atlanta, and they were playing for the SEC Championship. The year was 2014. Alabama was still a defense-first, ground-and-pound offensive team that relied on brutalizing opponents through a war of attrition. Mizzou leaned on a steady defense and explosive offense. The result of that game was not in their favor however, as the Tigers were smashed by Alabama by a score of 42-13.
Flash forward to this Saturday’s meeting of the two teams. Alabama’s offense has little in common with the ground-based offense of the past, with Tua Tagovailoa slinging the ball around in the passing game and piling up an average of nearly 600 yards per game. Missouri is on an alternate path as well. Gone are the defensive stalwarts of the past.


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