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Guide to the SEC

Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
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Starting June 7, Columbia Regional Airport will offer flights to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. Here are the best flight options for football fans looking to attend games come September, including driving options when direct flights are not available. Scroll over the name of each university in the conference to see the best routes for traveling to games.

COLUMBIA — Some of the basics you'll need to know about the SEC before Mizzou's inaugural season.

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  • Mascot: Crimson Tide
  • Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Founded: 1831
  • Enrollment: 31,747
  • Distance and time from Columbia: 618 miles, 10 hours and 19 minutes
  • Winning: 2012 SEC Men’s Golf Tournament, 2012 SEC Softball Tournament, 2012 Women’s Golf National Champions, 2011 BCS Winner, 2011-12 Women’s Gymnastics Champions

University of Arkansas

  • Mascot: Razorbacks
  • Fayetteville, Ark.
  • Founded: 1871
  • Enrollment: 23,199
  • Distance and time from Columbia: 312 miles, 5 hours and 32 minutes
  • Winning: 2011 SEC Men’s Cross Country Championship, 2012 SEC Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Meet, 2012 SEC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Meet Championship

Auburn University

  • Mascot: Tigers
  • Auburn, Ala.
  • Founded: 1856
  • Enrollment: 25,469
  • Distance and time from Columbia: 737 miles, 12 hours and 32 minutes
  • Winning: 2012 SEC Women’s Golf Tournament, 2011 SEC Women’s Soccer Tournament, 2012 SEC Men’s Swimming/Diving Meet Championship

University of Florida

  • Mascot: Gators
  • Gainesville, Fla.
  • Founded: 1853
  • Enrollment: 50,116
  • Distance and time from Columbia: 1,008 miles, 17 hours and 17 minutes
  • Winning: 2012 SEC Gymnastics Meet, 2012 SEC Women’s Tennis Tournament, 2012 SEC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Meet, 2012 Men’s National Indoor Track and Field Champions, 2011-12 Women’s National Tennis Champions

University of Georgia

  • Mascot: Bulldogs
  • Athens, Ga.
  • Founded: 1785
  • Enrollment: 34,677
  • Distance and time from Columbia: 735 miles, 12 hours and 42 minutes
  • Winning: 2012 SEC Men’s Tennis Tournament, 2012 SEC Women’s Swimming/Diving Meet Champions

University of Kentucky

  • Mascot: Wildcats
  • Lexington, Ky.
  • Founded: 1865
  • Enrollment: 28,037
  • Distance and time from Columbia: 458 miles, 7 hours and 44 minutes
  • Winning: 2012 Men’s National Basketball Champions

Louisiana State University

  • Mascot: Tigers
  • Baton Rouge, La.
  • Founded: 1860
  • Enrollment: 28,985
  • Distance and time from Columbia: 773 miles, 12 hours and 20 minutes
  • Winning: 2012 SEC Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Meet

University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)

  • Mascot: Rebels
  • Oxford, Miss.
  • Founded: 1848
  • Enrollment: 20,844
  • Distance and time from Columbia: 447 miles, 7 hours and 44 minutes

Mississippi State University

  • Nickname: Bulldogs
  • Starkville, Miss.
  • Founded: 1878
  • Enrollment: 20,424
  • Distance and time from Columbia: 563 miles, 9 hours and 20 minutes
  • Winning: 2012 SEC Baseball Tournament

University of Missouri- Columbia (Mizzou)

  • Nickname: Tigers
  • Columbia, Mo. 
  • Founded: 1839
  • Enrollment: 33,805
  • Distance: 0
  • Winning: 2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Champions, 2012 Big 12 Wrestling Champions, 2010-2011 Big 12 Softball Champions, 2012 Big 12 Baseball Champions

University of South Carolina

  • Mascot: Gamecocks
  • Columbia, S.C.
  • Founded: 1801
  • Enrollment: 30,721
  • Distance and time from Columbia: 871 miles, 14 hours and 34 minutes                                                                                                                     

University of Tennessee

  • Mascot: Volunteers
  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Founded: 1794
  • Enrollment: 27,107
  • Distance and time from Columbia: 609 miles, 10 hours and 10 minutes
  • Winning: 2012 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament Champions

Texas A&M

  • Mascot: Aggies
  • College Station, Texas
  • Founded: 1876
  • Enrollment: 49,861
  • Distance and time from Columbia: 781 miles, 13 hours and 25 minutes
  • Winning: 2009-2011 Men’s National Outdoor Track and Field, 2012 Big 12

     Men's Golf Champions, 2012 National Women's Equestrian Champions, 2012 Big 12 Women's Soccer Champions

Vanderbilt University

  • Mascot: Commodores
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • Founded: 1873
  • Enrollment: 11,926
  • Distance and time from Columbia: 434 miles, 7 hours and 23 minutes
  • Winning: 2012 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, 2011 SEC Women’s Cross Country Championship

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Harold Sutton July 26, 2012 | 7:23 a.m.

I think we're going to enjoy some intense, yet friendly competion.

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