Live from Columbia, Mo.: Here come the Bulldogs (pics)

COLUMBIA, MO. – Greetings from the press box at Missouri’s Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium.

Apparently it’s notable that I’m here five hours before the game. When I showed up, the security guard at the gate said media wouldn’t be allowed in until three hours before kickoff. I laughed and told him, “that’s not going to hack it in the SEC.” He ended up calling Mizzou’s director of media relations, Chad Moller, who graciously let me in and several others a short time later.

Us grizzled SEC veterans are used to getting to stadiums early. I normally don’t get in this far in advance (had to check out of hotel at noon) but traditionally most scribes come early to beat the notoriously rotten traffic at SEC venues. We set up in the press box, watch some of the early games and usually venture back out around the stadium and eventually on the field.

To get you up to date, Georgia is indeed going to be without four defensive starters due to disciplinary suspensions: CB Sanders Commings (arrest), ILB Alec Ogletree (team rules violations), FS Bacarri Rambo (team rules violation) and OLB Chase Vasser (arrest).

Georgia’s injury situation has improved but still may be an issue. Sophomore Malcolm Mitchell, who missed the opener with an ankle injury, is expected to start at boundary cornerback.

Freshman right tackle John Theus is still limping from his fourth-quarter ankle injury versus Buffalo but is expected to start. However, his backup Watts Dantzler (high-ankle sprain) did not make the trip. So redshirt freshman Xzavier Ward and junior Austin Long will be counted on as backups.

Below are some pics I’ve taken since I’ve been here. Also you’ll find links to all our pregame coverage.

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Missouri's "Tiger Walk" across the bridge from their impressive football complex across the street.

Missouri's "Tiger Walk" across the bridge from their impressive football complex across the street.

Mizzou's famous rock "M" on grassy hill in North end zone.

Mizzou's famous rock "M" on grassy hill in North end zone.

Missouri installed a brand new Field Turf playing surface this year.

Missouri installed a brand new Field Turf playing surface this year.

This is a statue right outside stadium of former Missouri coach Don Faurot, for whom the field here is named. He didn't win as big as Vince Dooley.l

This is a statue right outside stadium of former Missouri coach Don Faurot, for whom the field here is named. He didn't win as big as Vince Dooley.l

Lot next to stadium six hours before kickoff. Mizzou has some work to do as far as SEC-level tailgating.

Lot next to stadium six hours before kickoff. Mizzou has some work to do as far as SEC-level tailgating.

Placing SEC sign on Jesse Hall, the main administration building in the center of Missouri campus.

Placing SEC sign on Jesse Hall, the main administration building in the center of Missouri campus.

These are the famous Columns left on Missouri campus from a building that burned down many years ago. GameDay set up here in 2007.

These are the famous Columns left on Missouri campus from a building that burned down many years ago. GameDay set up here in 2007.

The most famous haunt in Columbia, Shakespeare's Pizza. Ate there Friday.

The most famous haunt in Columbia, Shakespeare's Pizza. Ate there Friday.

Georgia fans eating at Shakespeare's. The Bulldog Nation is in Missouri en force.

Georgia fans eating at Shakespeare's. The Bulldog Nation is in Missouri en force.

71 comments Add your comment

Raul

September 8th, 2012
3:43 pm

Glad to be here in Columbia to welcome Mizzou into the SEC!

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 8th, 2012
4:03 pm

6 hours and no tailgaters? I didn’t think UGa fans were allowed on campus but 5 hours before kickoff?

CC

September 8th, 2012
4:10 pm

RICHT

September 8th, 2012
4:10 pm

lol dawgs fan are goign to make the zoo crazy tonight

Hairy Dawg

September 8th, 2012
4:18 pm

We’s got some players out cause that namby pamby pointy head Adams rules. But we still got more talent to expose on Mizou. Once they see the SEC speed and then learning how we win with the big men up front they understands what we talking about. And then our skill players make big plays to blow game open.

I can’t wait to shut up all the big mouth Big 12 fans that think they as good as SEC. Dawgs will unload the whooping can on them for all the smacking talk.

Go Dawgs!

Final Score:
Dawgs – 48
Big 12 Chumps – 17

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 8th, 2012
4:27 pm

UGa don’t want NONE of the WEST teams.

VoxDawg

September 8th, 2012
4:31 pm

They don’t even have seats all the way around the stadium? What kind of high school outfit did we let in to our league?

mike on lake hartwell

September 8th, 2012
4:32 pm

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 8th, 2012
4:33 pm

Gators all over the field hurt………..The SEC speed looks SLOW against A&M.

Hairy Dawg

September 8th, 2012
4:34 pm

We are lucky to get to scorch scoreboard and burn down Columbia twice this year. Tonights in MO and then in one month in SC.

Go Dawgs!

Kingsx7

September 8th, 2012
4:36 pm

JUST WIN BABY !!!!!!!!!!

Hairy Dawg

September 8th, 2012
4:43 pm

Haha! Them Gaytors and Judas Muschamp is getting smoked and beatdown like the bums they are.

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 8th, 2012
4:46 pm

Hairy Moe Ron how is Muschamp a Judas? He is from Florida he grew-up a gator fan.

JB

September 8th, 2012
4:49 pm

OK. somebody PLEASE tell me who is starting in the absence of those four on defense. Who?….and then who IS BACKING THEM UP…..ANYONE…..

Hairy Dawg

September 8th, 2012
4:51 pm

Cause Muschump went to coach Gaytors instead a coming home to help Dawgs. Dawgs supports our own but not the disloyal that goes to Gaytors.

JB

September 8th, 2012
4:52 pm

What I’ve been hearing about Florida all summer is true. Not well coached, no QB to speak of, very thin at RB….and over all, very average. They look pretty toothless. They win 7 or 8 this year it looks like…and if they lose to us again, Muschamp better send the wife and kids to his parents in North Georgia, just say’n.

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 8th, 2012
4:52 pm

JB somebody with more stars when recruited than the starters for Mizzou that couldn’t put away Buffalo until the 4th qtr.

The Umpire

September 8th, 2012
4:52 pm

Dawgs better be ready. The Tigers have been repeatedly nagged with “your not good enough to compete in the SEC.” A&M is waxing the Gators presently, powered by the same juice. Having almost half of our D starters in Athens really make this a critical game. Go Dawgs.

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 8th, 2012
4:54 pm

Hairy………Muschamp was NEVER a Dwag. He was a player at UGa cause he got a scholly. Man you are BRITE like a 2 watt bulb.

The Umpire

September 8th, 2012
4:58 pm

ESPN points out that one school has their last three starting QBs playing in the NFL. Who? Missouri!

The What?

September 8th, 2012
5:03 pm

LMAO>>>>>and they all SUCK

UGA89

September 8th, 2012
5:10 pm

Everybody needs to pray for the Memphis player.

UGA89

September 8th, 2012
5:11 pm

Everybody needs to pray for the Tulane player no matter what school you are affiliated with.

James Pener

September 8th, 2012
5:14 pm

great point! who wants to be a millionaire quarterback in the NFL if you cant be a star. Much rather be working as a used car salesmen

The Umpire

September 8th, 2012
5:18 pm

Backup NFL QB is the best job in the world! Sit on the bench, get paid millions, and you can still walk in your 40s. One extra bonus, you aren’t brain damaged from the concussions…Go Dawgs!

Dawg Haus

September 8th, 2012
5:22 pm

Hope they step up big time tonight. Go Dawgs!

Russell Hall

September 8th, 2012
5:24 pm

CrawforDawg

September 8th, 2012
5:28 pm

Got to agree 100% with the Ump…

Browndog

September 8th, 2012
5:36 pm

Don’t understand how anyone can think this will be easy for UGA.

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 8th, 2012
5:38 pm

browndog you really must not know many UGa fans and their “This Is The Year” belief since 1980.

feline phil

September 8th, 2012
5:41 pm

the potheads from uga ’bout to get a beatodwn. Mizzou 28 uga 9.

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I dropped my fried twinkie

September 8th, 2012
5:45 pm

Gatorade Ain’t working today to good.

Browndog

September 8th, 2012
5:45 pm

Hope springs eternal, but this game really scares me.

feline phil

September 8th, 2012
5:52 pm

browndog is paranoid, go figure. got the munchies as well?

Yellow Fuzz

September 8th, 2012
6:18 pm

Hahaha. Haha. I CAN FEEL THE DOG NATION READY TO EXPLODE! Who ya gonna dump on this week?

The suspended players
The administration for suspending them?
Mary Jane
UGA drug testing committee
Mike Bobo
Mark Richt
Aaron Murray
The O Line
The AJC
Dog posters
Damon Evans
Mike Adams
DawginLex (and other street hustlers)
Buck Belue
Eric Zier
Rodney Garner
Other posters
Jasper Sanks
Washan Ealy
Steve Superior
Lou Holtz
ESPN GameDay
Caleb King
Bill King
The new kicker
Russ
The refs
The clock operator
Missouri fans
Missouri players
Missouri coaches
All of the above

ARdawg

September 8th, 2012
6:23 pm

Is anyone surprised the blog of, for and about the Georgia game is fill up with Tech nerd trolls?. No I am not. Fugg’em and feed them fishheads.

GO DAWGS!!! gata

Ole Big Dawg

September 8th, 2012
6:39 pm

Ready to watch the Big Dawg Chomp!!

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 8th, 2012
6:40 pm

ARdawg
September 8th, 2012
6:28 pm

I would much rather have been playing Bama.

don’t you mean Buffalo?

There are not enough Gator to finish the game at the rate they are dropping.

The Umpire

September 8th, 2012
6:42 pm

Sorry, but the Ump has to make the call: Yellow Fuzz is a jerk, as is Feline Phil. Phil is from Missouri about like Romney is from Kenya…Go Dawgs.

ARdawg

September 8th, 2012
6:58 pm

That Gator win just really pi!sses you right off Twink, don’t it :)

ARdawg

September 8th, 2012
7:00 pm

THWGT

We run this State

WtfWruthnkn

September 8th, 2012
7:06 pm

Is it gametimeyet?

WtfWruthnkn

September 8th, 2012
7:07 pm

Btw any one going to Dave and busters for the alumni viewing party?

CC

September 8th, 2012
7:10 pm

How can a Tech fan come on here and talk trash? Mark Richt owns Tech!

ARdawg

September 8th, 2012
7:16 pm

CC

Among other things, they have no scrupples

UGAjock

September 8th, 2012
7:27 pm

Dawg fans-Vote Aaron Murray for the Davey O’Brien QB Award! Aaron and James Franklin of Mizzou are this week’s Marquee Match-up! http://www.voteobrien.org/

I dropped my fried twinkie

September 8th, 2012
8:39 pm

There is the Heisman Candidate the Dwag fans know and love

UGA Poofer

September 8th, 2012
9:13 pm

ARdawg, how do you know so much about the Techie sex life. We should get together for some scruppling.

hind tit

September 8th, 2012
9:40 pm

I have backed Murry up until now but he just can’t handle the pressure. It’s time to take the shirt off Mason.