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Georgia Vs. Missouri SEC Opener Already Highly Anticipated

On September 8, the SEC will open its football season with a game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the brand-new conference addition, the Missouri Tigers. The Bulldogs will have the honor of being the first official in-conference opponent for the newcomers. Apparently the Missouri area is already very much looking forward to the game.

Seth Emerson of The Telegraph reports that Gary Pinkel, the Mizzou head coach, is getting ready for the big SEC opener against UGA. Apparently, the excitement level is quite high among Missouri fans.

Pinkel said the excitement about joining the SEC and the league opener against Georgia was "mammoth," and people were already talking about it in Missouri. Which is rare, he added. But Pinkel tried not to make the opener out to be the be-all end-all, pointing out they've had a lot of major games at Missouri in past years.

"Once you break the ice there (against Georgia), then there it goes, and every team that comes in here, they'll have their moment, and then they'll move on," Pinkel said.

The Bulldogs, of course, will be hoping to spoil Mizzou's big debut.

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