Fans of Missouri and Texas A&M are entering a scary new world.
This world is a landscape rife with claw-bearing monsters and blood-sucking demons. With a promise of great fortune, the two fanbases have gritted their teeth and are preparing to battle some of the most fearsome opponents in the country. The bad news? These beasts can't be slayed.
Sport after sport, year after year they will come. Tigers and Aggies alike must be prepared despite the circumstances.
The ultra-competitive, not-so-fantasy world of the Southeastern Conference is an unforgiving one. Headed into the 2012-13 collegiate athletics calendar, the single most-followed storyline nationally will be that of Missouri and Texas A&M transitioning into the league.
While the Big 12 is certainly competitive, second only perhaps to the SEC, nothing can prepare an organization for what lies before the Aggies and Tigers.
That said, some rather unscientific research can at least provide us a hint as to how the two schools can compete.
Being a fan of numbers, I've researched each SEC program in each sport that all league schools participated in for 2011 as well as those of Missouri and Texas A&M. Using the most reliable sources available, I've ranked each program according to their performance last season.
How will Texas A&M and Missouri stack up? Read on.
DISCLAIMER: Only sports with rankings of all schools available were included, with the NCAA's RPI used as a default. Track and Field/Cross Country was not included because no rankings could be found for Vanderbilt.