PHOTO GALLERY: Tailgating, band practice, football antics fill pre-game near stadium

Saturday, October 22, 2011 | 1:24 p.m. CDT; updated 4:42 p.m. CDT, Saturday, October 13, 2012
An Southeastern Conference sign adorns a pavilion decorated with Missouri tickers. The owners are Geoff Ingram, Scott McSwain and Jill Brockman. Many Missouri fans have speculated that Missouri will be leaving the Big 12 to join the SEC.

COLUMBIA — Missouri fans filled the tailgating area near the stadium Saturday as the Tigers prepared to take on the Cowboys. Lots of tents with food, libations and games were easy to spot. Talking about and playing football were also favored activities.

From left, Tyler Draisey, Demario Miller and Lacey Reichert tailgate in Lot X on Saturday before the Missouri vs. Oklahoma football game.
From left, Oklahoma State fan Jim Gomez discusses football with Missouri fans David Chesher and Gary Chesher before the game on Saturday. Gomez, an Oklahoma graduate originally from Long Island, met the Cheshers minutes earlier and struck up a football conversation.
"Mitchy's Shot Tails" sit at Mitchell Barkwell's tail gate center in Lot X on Saturday morning.
Mizzou Marching Band member Cavelli Thompson practices with cymbals before the Oklahoma State vs. Missouri game on Saturday morning in the M parking lot near Hearnes Center. Thompson said, "I hope we win. I think we can."
Solo, A 9-week old chocolate Labrador retriever, sits during tailgate party before the Missouri vs. Oklahoma State game on Saturday morning. It was the first game for Solo to attend.
From left, Vic Colonbo drinks a shot next to Ken Struckhoff and former Missouri football player and 1974 graduate Don Muse before the game against Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Tierney Baumstark, 6, gets ready to hit the Big MO drum before the Oklahoma State vs. Missouri game on Saturday in a Hearnes Center parking lot.
Louis White plays a game of one-on-one football with his son Elijah White, 8, before the Missouri vs. Oklahoma game on Saturday.

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