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Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 8:30 am

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The coaches and players at Missouri and Texas A&M have said repeatedly they’re proud to be the newest members of the Southeastern Conference.

They also mentioned being excited, honored and appreciative.

But one thing they are not is intimidated.

The two newest members of the Southeastern Conference made their debut at the league’s media days on Tuesday, a three-day event that hosts more than 1,000 credentialed reporters.

Neither program seemed particularly bothered by the carnival-like atmosphere, instead relishing the challenge of joining a league that produced the past six BCS national champions.

“We don’t want to be overlooked,” Texas A&M receiver Ryan Swope said. “We’re here to win football games.”

Both Texas A&M and Missouri officially joined the SEC in July, leaving many of their traditional rivalries in the Big 12.

Swope said there was some disappointment in not playing heated games against schools like Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech, but there was also excitement about replacing them with the likes of Alabama, Florida and LSU.

“We’re very anxious to get this thing started,” Swope said. “We just can’t wait for kickoff.”

Texas A&M’s schedule during its first year in the SEC is particularly brutal.

The Aggies were thrown into the SEC Western Division, which includes the last three national champions.

First-year coach Kevin Sumlin returns 14 starters from a team that finished 7-6 last season, but must find a replacement for Ryan Tannehill, who was a first-round pick by the NFL’s Miami Dolphins in April.

But Sumlin wasn’t making any excuses, saying his “realistic expectations are to win” despite acknowledging the difficult task ahead. Sumlin comes to Texas A&M after leading Houston to a 13-1 record in 2011.

“You can argue all you want, but there are some of the best coaches in the country in the SEC,” Sumlin said. “Combine that with big, fast guys, some of the best players in the country and it doesn’t get any better than that.”

Missouri appears to have a slightly easier schedule this year. The Tigers are in the Eastern Division, where there’s no obvious favorite. They’re coming off an 8-5 season, including an Independence Bowl victory over North Carolina.

Missouri offensive lineman Elvis Fisher said the Tigers are aware of the talent in the SEC — and called it a “great opportunity” — but said the difficulty of the transition was slightly overblown.

“Nothing’s really changed from the standpoint of a player,” Fisher said. “You’ve got better competition to go against, but you’ve still got to go out there and play football.”

The Tigers return 15 starters, including junior quarterback James Franklin, who accounted for 3,846 total yards and 36 total touchdowns last season and bring in the nation’s top recruit in receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

Franklin had shoulder surgery in March. Pinkel says his trainer said a couple of weeks ago that the dual-threat quarterback is expected to be 100 percent.

Pinkel said his program’s experience in the Big 12 was plenty of preparation for the SEC.

“People act like we’ve been playing a bunch of high school teams,” Pinkel said. “We’ve played in a pretty big league.”

But the 60-year-old, who is entering his 12th season at Missouri, said he understands why people are speculating. He’s just ready to get on the field and figure out some tangible results.

“Bottom line, you got to go out and prove yourself,” Pinkel said. “I’m fine with it. I have no problem with it. I’m not going to make any predictions. Never have, never will. You have to go out and compete and earn respect and win.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Week 10 Schedule Playoff Round 1

Friday, Oct. 24

Washington at Battle, 7 p.m.

Kennedy at Borgia, 7 p.m.

Pacific at Union, 7 p.m.

St. Clair at Westminster

Priory at Sullivan

Salem at St. James

Southern Boone at Owensville

Transportation and Law at Hermann

Moberly at Warrenton

Wright City at O’Fallon Christian

Friday, Oct. 17

Francis Howell N 24, Washington 20

Westminster 35, Borgia 14

*Union 35, Hermann 32

*St. Clair 26, Owensville 12

*Pacific 34, St. James 22

Helias 56, Sullivan 3

Ft. Zumwalt East 42, Warrenton 0

*Clopton-Elsberry 20, Wright City 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Cuba at Hogan Prep    2 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 10

Holt 21, Washington 14

Borgia 42, St. Clair 7

Union 68, St. James 20

Hermann 32, Pacific 24 (OT)

Sullivan 38, Owensville 12

Orchard Farm 28, Warrenton 3

Wright City 22, North Callaway 18

Father Tolton 35, Cuba 0

Friday, Oct. 3

*Ft. Zumwalt East 62, Washington 35

*Borgia 49, St. Mary's 11

*Union 56, Owensville 16

*Hermann 38, St. Clair 0

Festus 39, Pacific 14

*Sullivan 40, St. James 10

Cuba 46, Lincoln 38

*Warrenton 47, Winfield 6

*Van-Far 24, Wright City 18

Friday, Sept. 26

Union 54, Washington 14

*Borgia 45, Duchesne 7

*St. Clair 57, St. James 55 (2 OT)

*Pacific 40, Owensville 34

*Hermann 24, Sullivan 12

Cuba 74, Liberty Wentzville 7

Parkway West 20, Warrenton 7

Mark Twain 32, Wright City 18

Softball

Sectional Games

Wednesday, Oct. 15

Bolivar 17, Sullivan 2

Mexico 5, Warrenton 4

Thursday, Oct. 16

Pacific 12, Rosati-Kain 0

Saturday, Oct. 18

Quarterfinal — De Soto 5, Pacific 2

District Tournaments

Softball

Class 4 District 4

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Northwest 11, (5) Rolla 3

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Lafayette 3, Northwest 1

(2) Eureka 4, (3) Washington 0

Monday, Oct. 13

Championship — Eureka 5, Lafayette 0

Class 3 District 3

At Lutheran South

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Affton 3, (5) Bishop DuBourg 2

(3) Pacific 21, (6) Bayless 0

Sunday, Oct. 12

(1) Lutheran South 11, Affton 1

Pacific 1, (2) Notre Dame 0

Championship — Pacific 2, Lutheran South 1

Class 3 District 7

At St. Dominic

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Borgia 9, (5) Wentzville Liberty 8

(3) Winfield 15, (6) O’Fallon Christian 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Borgia

(1) St. Dominic 12, Borgia 3

(2) Warrenton 11, Winfield 2

Championship — Warrenton 1, St. Dominic 0

Class 3 District 9

At Sullivan

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) St. James 12, (5) Owensville 3

(3) Sullivan 11, (6) St. Clair 1

Saturday, Oct. 11

At Union High School

St. James 10, (1) Union 5

Sullivan 5 (2) Salem 4 (8 innings)

Championship — Sullivan 11, St. James 6

Class 2 District 10

At New Bloomfield

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) New Bloomfield 5, (5) Belle 0

(3) South Callaway 9, (6) Hermann 0

Saturday, Oct. 11

South Callaway 7, (2) Linn 2

(1) Fatima 6, New Bloomfield 1

Championship — Fatima 7, South Callaway 4

Class 1 District 4

At Community R6, Laddonia

Wednesday, Oct. 8

(4) Wellsville-Middletown 8, (5) New Haven 2

(3) Van-Far 4, (6) Community R6 2

Saturday, Oct. 11

(1) Clopton 13, Wellsville 0

(2) Silex 10, Van-Far 0

Championship — Silex 3, Clopton 0

Volleyball

Monday, Oct. 13

De Soto def. St. Clair, 25-20, 25-14

Warrenton at Union    5:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt North def.  Pacific, 25-19, 25-21 

Fatima at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Borgia def. Hermann, 25-15, 25-11

Tuesday, Oct. 14

Panthers Home School at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt East, 25-23, 25-10

*Pacific def. St. Clair, 25-20, 25-20

*Sullivan def. Union, 25-14, 25-22

*St. James at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*New Havent def. Owensville

*Rosati-Kain def. Borgia, 25-22, 25-21

Wednesday, Oct. 15

ECC at Culver-Stockton JV    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 16

*Washington def. Ft. Zumwalt S, 25-10, 25-12

Hillsboro def. St. Clair, 25-12, 25-21

Villa Duchesne def. Borgia, 23-25, 25-13, 26-24

Friday, Oct. 17

ECC at Illinois Central Tny    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 18

Crosspoint at MAC All-Star Match    TBA

ECC at Illinois Central Tny    TBA

District Tournaments

Class 4 District 3

At Rockwood Summit

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Eureka vs. (5) Pacific, 5 p.m.

(2) Northwest vs. (7) Parkway South, 6:15 p.m.

(3) Washington vs. (6) Rockwood Summit, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lafayette vs. Eureka-Pacific winner, 5 p.m.

Northwest-Parkway South winner vs. Washington-Rockwood Summit winner, 6:15 p.m.

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Class 3 District 8

At Union

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Union vs. (5) St. Clair, 5 p.m.

(2) Sullivan vs. (7) Salem, 6:15 p.m.

(3) Owensville vs. (6) St. James, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Borgia vs. Union-St. Clair winner, 5 p.m.

Sullivan-Salem winner vs. Owensville-St. James winner, 6:15 p.m.

Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Class 2 District 6

At Lutheran St. Charles

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Barat vs. (5) Wright City, 5 p.m.

(2) Hermann vs. (7) Bowling Green, 6:30 p.m.

(3) Whitfield vs. (6) Montgomery County, 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) Lutheran St. Charles vs. Barat-Wright City winner, 5 p.m.

Hermann-Bowling Green winner vs. Whitfield-Montgomery Co. winner, 6:30 p.m.

Championship, 8 p.m.

Class 1 District 9

At Calvary Lutheran, Jefferson City

Monday, Oct. 20

(4) Smithton vs. (5) Otterville, 6 p.m.

(3) Chamois vs. (6) Bunceton, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21

(1) New Haven vs. Smithton-Otterville winner, 6 p.m.

(2) Calvary Lutheran vs. Chamois-Bunceton winner, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23

Championship, 7 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Thursday, Oct. 9

St. Louis United at Fulton SA    4:15 p.m.

Crosspoint at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt South 5, Washington 1

Perryville 2, Borgia 0

Saturday, Oct. 11

Troy 2, Washington 1

*ECC 2, Jefferson 1

MAC Tournament    TBA

Monday, Oct. 13

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

De Soto at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 14

ECC at Lewis & Clark    4 p.m.

Fulton SA at Valley Park    4 p.m.

*Ft. Zumwalt E 5, Washington 2

*Union 5, Sullivan 1

St. Clair at Festus    5 p.m.

Bayless at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Duchesne 2, Borgia 0

Crosspoint at Invitational Tournament    TBA

Wednesday, Oct. 15

*Holt 2, Washington 1

Crosspoint at Invitational Tournament    TBA

Thursday, Oct. 16

*Pacific 3, Union 1

Borgia 1, O'Fallon Christian 0

Belton at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Fatima at St. James    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Invitational Tournament    TBA

Friday, Oct. 17

ECC 2, Missouri Baptist JV 1

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Invitational Tournament    TBA

Saturday, Oct. 18

Washington 1, Borgia 0 (Penalty kicks)

Cross Country

Saturday, Oct. 18

Borgia Inv, 9 a.m. Varsity races at 9:45 a.m. (boys), 10:15 a.m. (girls)

Boys Swimming

Friday, Oct. 17

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt N    3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 18

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W Inv    10:30 a.m.

*Conference Games

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