The SEC newcomers will finally get a taste of SEC conference play. Both the Texas A&M Aggies and the Missouri Tigers are set to make their conference debuts this Saturday in an action-packed slate of college football. Both Missouri and Texas A&M will host their new SEC foes with Georgia at Missouri being the biggest game on this weekends slate of college football action.
The Georgia Bulldogs travel to Missouri, who is the most talented team of the two SEC newcomers.
“People are putting a lot into this game,” Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel said, “much more than I am. If you win it or lose it, you get up the next day, shoot, you’ve got 10 games left.”
“What I tell my football team is that we’re new,” Pinkel said, “and we have to go earn respect.”
Missouri could have come into the conference quietly but they instead decided to take a jab at the SEC prior to this weekend’s game. They wanted it to be known that they are not scared to jump into conference play and they definitely made a splash in the headlines.
Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said that he watched Georgia play against Buffalo in last week’s opener but he had to turn off the game because ”it’s like watching Big Ten football, it’s old man football.” Taking shots at two conferences at once? Well done, kid. We’ll have to see if Richardson thinks Georgia freshman RB Todd Gurley has old man speed.
Then, there is the Aggies. Texas A&M opens their SEC schedule against the Florida Gators. Like Missouri, Texas A&M made headlines by talking a little trash before even playing a game in the conference. A Texas A&M billboard appeared a few days ago that claimed the Aggies were the “cleanest program in the SEC” and that they had the best academics. Here is the billboard:
The two SEC newcomers sure have talked a big game but today will be their chance to back it up. We will have to see how they stack up against two of the SEC’s top teams and it should give us a good idea of where Texas A&M and Missouri fit into the conference in the big picture.