PHOTO GALLERY: Fans prepare for Missouri's inaugural SEC game

Saturday, September 8, 2012 | 2:57 p.m. CDT; updated 5:15 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 22, 2012
Ian Fohey slices meat off the hog he smoked for 24 hours behind the Hearnes Center on Saturday. Fohey learned to smoke meat when he was a young child. It's all about the look and feel, he said.

Missouri fans tailgating behind the Hearnes Center on Saturday afternoon were decorating tables and preparing food before the Missouri vs. Georgia game.

Meagan Ridgley helps Erik and Kaitlin Ingerslew blow up an inflatable football player Saturday behind the Hearnes Center. The Ingerslews attend every home game and plan to travel to Knoxville to watch Missouri play Tennessee.

Kaitlin Ingerslew decorates her tailgate Saturday behind the Hearnes Center. Kaitlin and her husband traveled three and a half hours to attend the game.

Skye Ronald and Meagan Ridgley hang decorations at their tailgate Saturday behind the Hearnes Center. Ronald returned to MU for her first game as an alumni.

Fans adorn a school bus with a stuffed tiger Saturday behind the Hearnes Center.

The Marching Mizzou drumline practices before the game Saturday behind the Hearnes Center. "I'm excited for the game, I'm the first of thousands to come after me," Marching Mizzou member David Meeker said about performing during the SEC opener. 


Will Bryan buffs Big MO behind the Hearnes Center on Saturday. Bryan, a Marching Mizzou alumni, comes to buff and tune the drum before the Missouri vs. Georgia game.

Truman waves at Missouri fans while driving through the Hearnes Center parking lot Saturday before the game against Georgia.

Georgia student Bryan Brinson takes a photo of passing Missouri and Georgia fans Saturday on Tiger Avenue. Brinson is a senior at Georgia and has not missed a game in three years.


Missouri football players warm up on Faurot Field before their inaugural game in the SEC against Georgia.


Georgia fans show off their boots before the football game Saturday.


A stuffed tiger adorns the vehicle of a Missouri fan at the game against Georgia on Saturday. 


Missouri fans tailgate and watch TV prior to Missouri's game against Georgia on Saturday.


MU Golden Girls ride a golf cart to Tiger Walk before the Missouri-Georgia game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.



Brandon Colbert is greeted by fans prior to the Missouri vs Georgia football game Saturday at Memorial Stadium.


Tigers and Bulldogs fans head to Memorial Stadium to watch the Missouri-Georgia game on Saturday.


Georgia fans head to Memorial Stadium to cheer for the Bulldogs minutes before the game against Missouri on Saturday.

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