The storyline leading to Missouri joining the SEC kept having the same message: How would the Tigers hold up? How could they hold up in a conference that has won the past six BCS championships? It was easy to pile on and raise eyebrows, and a popular warning was that Mizzou fans shouldn’t lift their expectations because, well, the Tigers wouldn’t be able to keep up with the SEC’s speed. It’s fun to imagine running with the big dogs, at least until the panting starts. The first game of the SEC experiment came and went Saturday: Came with high hopes and, for the most part, went poorly. Georgia won, 41-20, but if nothing else, Mizzou proved that the speed portion of the preseason conversation was nonsense.
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