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Missouri's SEC Football Debut Becoming More And More Winnable Thanks To Law Enforcement

Missouri football fan, SEC acclimation, lesson #456: Always feign moral outrage at another conference team's legal woes (conversely, do everything you can, including going to law school, to explain away your own team's run-ins with the law). Do this because it often results in enough public attention to warrant suspensions that could help your own school's cause.

Case in point - Missouri's SEC opener against Georgia on September 9. The defending SEC East Champions should be considered the juggernaut of the division (oxymoron!), but an offseason rife with player misconduct (stealing things, smoking things, hitting ladies) could play in the favor of the Tigers.

At the moment, only starting corner Sanders Commings is officially suspended for two games, but you can expect Branden Smith, likely to have won the other starting corner job in August, to miss a 1-2 games on drug charges. With two corners gone and two highly-touted rising sophomore backups dismissed (see: stealing things) and now the losses of safety Bacari Rambo and linebacker Alec Ogletree for 2-4 games for a rumored failed drug test means that UGA could be without as many as four starters on defense when they travel to Columbia.

Luckily for the Bulldogs, MIssouri isn't a spread offense reliant on throwing the ball and featuring a returning starter at quarterback.

For more on UGA, check out Dawg Sports. For Mizzou news, head over to Rock M Nation, and for all the doings and arrests in college football, visit SB Nation's college football page and Team Speed Kills for a SEC focus.