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PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri, Florida football fans gather in Gainesville

Saturday, November 3, 2012 | 12:16 p.m. CDT; updated 1:24 p.m. CDT, Saturday, November 3, 2012
An inflatable Missouri football player and gator stand outside a tailgate Saturday in Gainesville, Fla., at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Tigers face the No. 7 Florida Gators.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Missouri and Florida fans prepared for the football game Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Florida student Valentina Contesse walks past trees painted blue by artist Konstantin Dimopoulos as part of University of Florida's Creative Campus Initiative on Friday near the J. Wayne Reitz Union.

Florida sophomore Vanessa Grimaldi sports a "Beat Missouri" shirt in the J. Wayne Reitz Union on Friday afternoon. Although she is an undergraduate student, Grimaldi is a member of the University of Florida Alumni Association, the group she got the shirt from.

Florida freshmen play basketball on open courts Friday near Hume Hall,a dorm on the east side of campus.

Members of Florida's Gator Marching Band practice Friday afternoon for the football game against Missouri. The band meet at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning to continue practicing before kickoff at noon EST.

Florida's Gator Marching Band practices Friday afternoon. The band members were working on formations and musical selections for Saturday's game against Missouri.

RVs sit outside of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday morning in Gainesville, Fla., before the start of the Missouri football game.

Missouri alumni, '03, Stefan Ebert of Boca Raton, Fla., sets up a tent before the Missouri football game against Florida on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. Ebert is originally from St. Louis and was invited to tailgate at Florida by gatortailgating.com.

Tim Tebow dolls stand in the Gator Locker Room store before the start of the Missouri-Florida game on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. Tebow, currently playing in the NFL with the New York Jets, won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 and is a beloved figure at Florida.

Players warm up two hours before the start of the Missouri football game against Florida on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The stadium is also known as "The Swamp."

Florida tight end Omarius Hines ties his shoe before warming up for the football game against Missouri on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Marching Mizzou sets up in the stands before the start of the Missouri football game against Florida on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Military color guard from the UF Navy and Air Force ROTC wait before the start of the Missouri football game against Florida on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Missouri safety Daniel Easterly and defensive back Kip Edwards walk onto the field before the start of the Missouri football game against Florida on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

A trio of Missouri cheerleaders walks onto the field before the start of the Missouri-Florida game Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Supervising editor is Brian Kratzer.


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