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Alabama Vs. Missouri Preview: It Was Nice Knowing You, Other Tigers

Mizzou doesn't really stand much of a chance in this game. But, hey, it's not like they're going to have to face the Tide again any time soon.

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Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Missouri Tigers, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

There's something that Missouri fans can take comfort in as they watch this game: Under the agreed-upon format for future SEC scheduling, they only have to see the Tide once every five years or so. After this game, they're probably going to be glad about that.

It's not that you can completely write off Missouri winning this game. It's more that you can completely write off Missouri coming within two touchdowns of winning this game. Neither South Carolina nor Georgia has as good a defense as Alabama has, though the Gamecocks might come close, and both of them shut down the Tigers offense for at least one of the two halves. Heck, Arizona State limited Missouri to 318 yards -- only South Carolina was more successful -- and Arizona State is no Crimson Tide.

Alabama is tops in the nation in total defense, scoring defense and passing efficiency defense. (You have fun with that, Corbin Berkstresser.) They are third in rushing defense. Their passing yardage defense is also No. 3 -- and they've won every game by at least 19 points. Pair that with a bruising running attack and a ruthlessly efficient quarterback in A.J. McCarron, and you've got the perfect recipe for Missouri waiting another couple of weeks for their first SEC win. At least they get a bye after this.

Alabama 45, Missouri 10