Missouri’s Gary Pinkel expects ‘mammoth’ atmosphere for Georgia game

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel expects a raucous atmosphere for the school's first SEC game against Georgia on Sept. 8.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel expects a raucous atmosphere for the school's first SEC game against Georgia on Sept. 8.

Georgia fans have often asked me what awaits the Bulldogs when they visit Missouri on September 8th. Well, I’ve never been to Columbia, Mo., either. But I know the Tigers and their fans will be especially fired up for their first SEC game in history.

Here’s what Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel thinks:

“It will be mammoth here. Our fans are so excited about being a part of the SEC. That being the first game is going to make it a big, big, game here. People are talking about it already; rarely do they ever do that. They understand we’re playing a great Georgia team. We understand that. When we switched leagues, that enthusiasm really for that game and from our fanbase in general has been remarkably positive for us.”

Pinkel was taking part in his first SEC teleconference call on Tuesday. Thirteen of the 14 coaches — Arkansas’ new guy, John L. Smith, wasn’t due to be introduced until about 3 p.m. — answered reporters’ questions for about 10 minutes or so as part of this post-spring-practice tradition.

Pinkel, Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin and Ole Miss’s Hugh Freeze were the new kids on the block. Pinkel was asked about making the transition and trying to get ready for the Bulldogs.

“Anytime you make a transition like we’re making to the SEC there are a lot of things that are involved,” Pinkel said. “One is, not knowing any of the personnel or schemes we’re playing as far as our opponents. Obviously we know all the Big 12 teams very well. So we’re doing a lot of analysis right now, not just of Georgia, but of all the teams we’re going to play next year. That’s been going on since the end of February and it will go on into August. That’s kind of part of our transition. We have to do a lot of homework and a lot of study and evaluation of the schemes of all these teams and certainly personnel. . . . It’s very important for us to do a thorough analysis so that when we play these teams we have a pretty good understanding of what their makeup is.”

Georgia and Florida both have the unenviable task of christening the new teams into SEC play. The Gators also play Texas A&M on Sept. 8 in College Station.

“You knew [when SEC 2012 schedules were released] that was going to be an historic game for Missouri and for Texas A&M, for that matter,” Richt said. “It was pretty obvious the excitement for those programs is going to be at an all-time high. So it’s going to be a great challenge for us from a psychological point of view. But, in the meantime, we’ve been able to look at some film of Missouri’s offense and defense and they’re very impressive. You look at their overall record, knowing Coach Pinkel and his history of success, just seeing the players that they have and the big games they’ve won in teh past, we know it’s going to be a tremendous challenge for us. But we’ll be excited about it, too.”

A lot of the coaches were talking about how different it will be playing Missouri because they play such a radically different style of spread offense, often utilizing four and five wide receivers. Florida’s Will Muschamp and Auburn’s Gene Chizik both faced Pinkel’s offenses while defensive coordinators at Texas.

Richt doesn’t believe the scheme itself is a problem.

“Our league is pretty diverse,” he said. “There’s not any one way of doing things in the Southeastern Conference. They’ll be doing some things a lot of teams in our league do. They may spread out a little more than most people in our league do, but not anything that no one has ever seen before.”

Schemes and matchups aside, it’s the sheer electricity expected on Sept. 8th that has everybody so excited. Pinkel expects his team to be pumped up by the atmosphere — but not overwhelmed by it.

“We’ve had some remarkably big games here,” Pinkle said. “A couple of years ago we were both 7-0 when we played Oklahoma in a big night game here. We’ve had a bunch of games like that over the years, like Georgia has had and all the other teams in the country have had. What really is different here is this a new era. This is the beginning of a new era for Missouri football forever. We just happen to be playing Georgia this year in our opener for that and there is just a real enthusiasm for it. It will go down in history as the first game. So to say it’s just a normal game, just a normal conference game, it’s really not. Once you break the ice there, then there it goes and we’ll just move on.”

– Chip Towers, The UGA Blog

220 comments Add your comment

ed

April 24th, 2012
3:11 pm

the dawgs will not be intimidated by the atmosphere

JP

April 24th, 2012
3:12 pm

I’d really like to make that trip.

kenr

April 24th, 2012
3:13 pm

piermontdawgny

April 24th, 2012
3:14 pm

Welcome to the Dawg Nation…Dawgs win 38-16

Dave

April 24th, 2012
3:15 pm

I just can’t wait for the season to get here….I don’t care who we play!

Dave

April 24th, 2012
3:16 pm

In the meantime….I guess we have baseball to watch…..*yawn

Dave

April 24th, 2012
3:18 pm

It will be interesting to say the least to see who emerges between Crowell, Marshall and Malcom as the “go to” back.

bill arp

April 24th, 2012
3:25 pm

I’ll make a deal with you right now Mr. King. IF A Murray goes into Columbia and wets his pants(along with fumbling twice and throwing 2 INT’s-one for a Pick-6), then you MUST write an article stating that it’s time for CMR to re-assess the QB situation. IF Murray goes there and plays ‘lights out’ and we win the game going away, us doubter’s will zip our lips about him for the rest of the year…Deal???

Mo Tiger

April 24th, 2012
3:26 pm

Be aware Dawgs. Tigers will be ready to kick some SEC tail this season. Starting with dawg meat.

Stockdog

April 24th, 2012
3:30 pm

Should be fun

Eisendawg

April 24th, 2012
3:34 pm

This is very similar to Boise State last year, except we’re playing at their place, and they will be juiced! Anyone that thinks this will be a cakewalk will be in for a rude awaking. Our defense gives us a chance, assuming we have the eligible players necessary to play the game.

bigcalidawg

April 24th, 2012
3:38 pm

3 tigers in SEC. I hope to the sweet Lord Jesus that we pound the rock and control the game on the ground. Beard and Theus will be much needed additions to this team.

Lynch is a monster….we can run toss sweep on his dadgum side………GATA

Misso

April 24th, 2012
3:39 pm

Did not see a Defense with at least three or four potential first rounders like UGA has this year on defense. No matter the shape of secondary, Jarvis and the boys will put more pressure on QB, and we will be alright. D-fense wins championships, period.

Destin Dawg

April 24th, 2012
3:39 pm

Huge game.. unfamiliar stadium and crowd.. it WILL be a difficult test… Go dawgs !!!

Ron Burgundy

April 24th, 2012
3:39 pm

Missouri?…Mammoth?…what a joke.

Pensacola dawg

April 24th, 2012
3:39 pm

Mo tiger you might slip by one or two sec teams this year but if you really think you will beat Georgia you are delusional. Just look at it as a great way to see how much more work you will have to do to compete in the SEC. Dawgs will dominate!

Jimmy Crack

April 24th, 2012
3:40 pm

With all Missouri’s screaming fans, it will probably equate a Vanderbilt game’s sound level. Conversely, when the Tigers come to their first SEC full house, it will seem like a nuclear bomb just went off to their players.

Tom

April 24th, 2012
3:40 pm

I think the dwags win…..unless Mizzou’s allowed to use the forward pass.

bill arp

April 24th, 2012
3:41 pm

Sorry Mr Towers. Oops.

Ed Pilcher

April 24th, 2012
3:41 pm

UGA will begin the SEC slate with a loss. Just don’t see a win with all the girlfriend chokers & midnight tokers on suspension. But that’s just me.

Destin Dawg

April 24th, 2012
3:43 pm

Richt does need to open up QB. competition.. hey when you’re starting pitcher loses his stuff we need to put in a reliever.. Go dawgs !!

Abnerish

April 24th, 2012
3:47 pm

This game reminds me of the game we played a few years ago when we went up to Stillwater and got our butts kicked by a Okie State team looking to prove they belonged. Well, that didn’t work out real well. Only difference I see, and it’s a BIG difference, is that this Georgia team should be WAAAAYYY better than that one at almost EVERY position. But, as we all know, emotion plays a big role in the outcome of games in College Football (which is why we love it so much!). I think we will win, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we lost.

Jeremy

April 24th, 2012
3:51 pm

I am going to make the trip. Should be alot of fun (if we win). I dont think this is anything like the Boise State game. Missouri is a really good team but Boise was at least a top 10 team last year. I never expected to beat Boise last year. I do expect to beat Missouri. I said before last year that our toughest 2 games on the schedule were the first 2 games. I was right until we played the extra game against LSU. I just dont see the Boise comparison.

Wes Mantooth

April 24th, 2012
3:55 pm

Mizzou and A&M don’t belong in the SEC. Neither one brings much of anything to the table, terrible decision on the SEC’s part.

Bobo, Bobo, a Pirate's life for me

April 24th, 2012
3:55 pm

Dawgs are going to have a tough test, but they’ll come out on top in a close one!

BigTimeTechFan

April 24th, 2012
3:57 pm

Should be good game, Missouri can beat UGA, UGA can beat Missouri. Going to come down to who plays better that day. Yet to be seen is if one team is is actually better or real good, have to wait to see the season progress to tell.

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

April 24th, 2012
3:57 pm

You guys realize that Todd Grantham would be fired by now if he coached at Alabama. And you guys are doubling his salary!

kingdaddy

April 24th, 2012
3:59 pm

Pinkle sounds like Dooley ” Well this Northwest Central Coffyville University will be one of the hardest games we play all year. We’ll be lucky to get out with our skin and a win!” LOL…Since when did we become great? We can be a pretty good team, but we are not great yet. We can be a great team, but we have to beat great teams , to be a great team. When did we become great? Georgia is a great school, but has to prove it is a great team. Just saying it, don’t make it so…

7576DAWG

April 24th, 2012
4:01 pm

The only chance that Missouri has is if their starting Quarterback can play , which he probably will unless he is dead. Missouri lost a lot of people to graduation which should give us an advantage.
Can’t wait to see how good Marshall Morgan is and what his accurate range will be.

dawgfan

April 24th, 2012
4:01 pm

Missouri looks okay from about 35,000 ft. That’s all most people ever see of it.

Welcome to the SEC. As good as we are at football we’re even better at smack talking.

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it

April 24th, 2012
4:04 pm

Missouri drops 40 (like every other decent team) on the puppy defense.

AltamahaDawg

April 24th, 2012
4:05 pm

arp, why are you putting in an either, or, case? Murray is very good, plays very well at times, makes mistake at other times. NONE of that changes that he still the best we have to go with on that day. Nobody must write anything, and nobody is asking you to zip it. Either way. Not how any of that really works, is it?

kingdaddy

April 24th, 2012
4:05 pm

Anybody know what’s their seating capacity???

Gary

April 24th, 2012
4:06 pm

Just be ready for the game. You were not ready for Boise. There is not excuse for unprepared. That is everyones fault.

Frank Lane

April 24th, 2012
4:06 pm

Not first GA-Missouri game. Played each other in Orange Bowl when Tarkenton was GA QB. Dawgs won 14-0. I was there.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

April 24th, 2012
4:07 pm

Look the stadium seats 71k and is real open aired. This team has been to Knoxville, Jacksonville, Tuscaloosa and Auburn. Handling a “mammoth” Mizzou crowd should be a nonfactor. If anything it will be a issue with the Mizzou players at the beginning of the game in controling there emotions.

Greyshirt Nick

April 24th, 2012
4:08 pm

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it,AL wouldnt need to fire him. He wouldnt come to that cess pool. Leave Dallas and move to Tuscaloosa? Please We have all been to that stadium. Park on the east side and that neighborhood would make the hood around Turner Field nervous. Winning football is great but I believe a better life can be lived outside of that war zone.

Grantham's the man

April 24th, 2012
4:08 pm

The Ga Mizzou game won’t anything like last years BSU game. Ga won’t have a true freshman RB with almost no RB depth and there wont Be a true freshman and a RS freshman receiver in the top three rotation.

The Defense won’t be still trying to understand the scheme and there won’t be Defensive players all over the field playing in their first Ga game or at a new position for the first game.

Also, Mizzou won’t be returning 95% of their two deep starters like BSU was last year.

Looking forward to a great atmosphere and a hard fought GA victory!

Greyshirt Nick

April 24th, 2012
4:11 pm

The Tide is rolling and nothing can stop it, you are the same folks that lost to LA Monroe in your home stadium not that long ago. Now hurry off to your Wal-Mart shift and get off the internet.

microphone assassin

April 24th, 2012
4:12 pm

hey Jimmy Crack,,,they played Texas, A&M. Oklahoma, before last year Nebraska…they’ve been in big houses before. Worry about your dumb dawgs passing pee tests…that should keep you occupied.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

April 24th, 2012
4:14 pm

Microphone- Just worry about keeping your head coach from getting a DUI. How about your worry about what goes on in the middle on know where and we will worry about what goes on in Gods Country! Probably a Tech fan anyway!

Ex Mrs Pinkel

April 24th, 2012
4:15 pm

Gary can’t keep it zipped and it is real small

40 years was enough

I need a real man

microphone assassin

April 24th, 2012
4:16 pm

As good as we are at football we’re even better at smack talking.

The true Georgia fan. Please stop embarrasing the conference. And quit riding our coat-tails. QUIET!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

April 24th, 2012
4:18 pm

microphone assassin

April 24th, 2012
4:20 pm

Guess you haven’t heard about your ex-AD and red panties…shut up redneck. Surely there is a dawg needing a bail bondsman..

David C

April 24th, 2012
4:21 pm

With so many defensive players suspended for that game and it being the 1st road game of the year don’t be suprised if this game is close going into the 4th. Georgia better bring “A” Game or that could lose this one.

chilidawg

April 24th, 2012
4:22 pm

On paper, this one shouldn’t even be close. But I am a bit uneasy about it. If the players buy in to all of the preseason hype, we could easily lose this game. Stay humble and do the work.

JoeFann

April 24th, 2012
4:22 pm

Mo Tiger–Welcome to the SEC! And you will see what we’ve known for years–just ain’t nothing like it. The luckiest team in the nation is the one that plays Mizzou the week after its SEC opener. From sky high, to major letdown. I liked Coach Pinkel’s remembrance about playing OU in a night game, as being one of Mizzou’s “big” games. I’m sure it was, as it would be for us, too. Trouble is, every week in the SEC is like that. There are no breathers. No weeks off. Coach better have his boys running gassers up the stadium steps this July, ’cause a muggy night game down here in September is a cramp festival. Strap it up tight, boys, football in the SEC ain’t your father’s rodeo.

Go Dawgs!

Ex Mrs Pinkel

April 24th, 2012
4:24 pm

Ex AD being the phrase.

Kinda like Ex wife, right?

microphone sounds like another little johnson tech boy with a big mouth

Red Jello

April 24th, 2012
4:25 pm

Pinkle DWI arrest…. billboard that around Atlanta!

Why do we have sooo many trolls on our blogs….see above for details. You ignorant losers are pathetic. Usually you have to accomplish something before you start running your suckerholes. UGA fans just by=pass the first rule and go straight to working that pie hole. Pathetic.