COLUMBIA, MO. • The Missouri football schedule had been public for months, but coach Gary Pinkel felt a need to address the sequence of games when the Tigers held a team meeting before the start of camp.

With the move to the Southeastern Conference came a complete overhaul of the 12-game schedule in more ways than one.

Instead of playing its full slate of nonconference games to start the season, the Tigers will open the SEC against Georgia in their second game Sept. 8 and travel to South Carolina for their fourth game.

In Pinkel's 11 seasons, Mizzou has never played a league game earlier than Week 3 and never before Sept. 24.

"It really was a pretty good setup that way," he said of the Big 12 arrangement. "This year it's different and the players have to understand that we have to be good fast, like we always talk about."

Maybe a little faster.

Pinkel said preparation is not much different, noting that the Tigers have typically played a BCS opponent early in the season. But not only will they play league and BCS opponents in the first month, but those teams will be among the best in the country.

Georgia is ranked No. 6 in the preseason coaches' poll and South Carolina is No. 9.

"We're not supposed to look at it differently but it is," quarterback James Franklin said. "Having nonconference games before conference is a lot different, at least the mindset. ... We don't get three or four games to warm up, so to speak, for conference. Our mindset has to be a lot more focused this year."

For the last 10 years, Missouri has played at least three nonconference games to start, usually four. The Tigers have not had to worry about league opponents until October most seasons. The last time they played a conference game this early was in 1998 against Kansas.

The SEC, however, has done it differently for a while. Mark Womack, the league's executive associate commissioner, said the schedule is structured to "provide inventory for our television agreements and to limit the number of consecutive conference games."

Although Pinkel felt it was worthwhile to discuss the schedule with his players, he said the coaching staff isn't approaching camp any different. However, some adjustments will be made for young players who have a chance to play right away.

"We try to speed up the process all the time," Pinkel said. "No question, the young players will do a lot of extra meeting time or walk through time. If they're physically ready, it's about knowing the plays, knowing the defenses. You can make that up with more meeting time with those half dozen players that might be forced to play when they're not ready."

Mizzou receiver T.J. Moe said even SEC games will feel a bit like nonconference games in 2012 because the Tigers are unfamiliar with every team on the schedule.

"You might prepare different in the future," he said. "But we've never played any of these guys. It might be different when we know what Georgia does and what South Carolina does. We don't know any of that right now."

Of course, most teams in the SEC deal with the same circumstances. This season, South Carolina will play Vanderbilt in a conference game to open the schedule in a Thursday night game made for TV.

In addition to Missouri-Georgia on Sept. 8, Auburn plays at Mississippi State and Florida is at Texas A&M.

With so many conference games played early, nonconference opponents must be sprinkled throughout the schedule. Mizzou opens with Southeastern Louisiana and plays Arizona State on Sept. 15, Central Florida on Sept. 29 and Syracuse on Nov. 17. That is the latest nonconference game for Mizzou since 1954.

To break up the intensity of the league schedule, many teams schedule Football Championship Subdivision opponents the week before the regular season ends. Missouri will play Syracuse.

"Whenever those nonconference games are thrown in, they're really important for bowls and rankings," Pinkel said. "Those games are mammoth. We all want to play in the SEC but we can't lose sight of those games being critical."

Break down Mizzou/SEC games by:

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Missouri Alabama

Missouri 35,
Alabama 10

Missouri

Alabama

1960

12/28/1968

in Jacksonville, Fla.

Gator Bowl

Missouri Alabama

Missouri 20,
Alabama 7

Missouri

Alabama

1970

09/08/1975

at Birmingham, Ala.

Alabama Missouri

Alabama 38,
Missouri 20

Alabama

Alabama

1970

09/16/1978

Columbia

Arkansas Missouri

Arkansas 0,
Missouri 11

Missouri

Arkansas

1900

11/10/1906

Columbia

Arkansas Missouri

Arkansas 7,
Missouri 6

Arkansas

Arkansas

1940

09/23/1944

in St. Louis

Missouri Arkansas

Missouri 7,
Arkansas 6

Missouri

Arkansas

1960

09/28/1963

at Little Rock, Ark.

Missouri Arkansas

Missouri 14,
Arkansas 27

Arkansas

Arkansas

2000

12/31/2003

in Shreveport, La.

Independence Bowl

Missouri Arkansas

Missouri 38,
Arkansas 7

Missouri

Arkansas

2000

01/01/2008

in Dallas, Texas

Cotton Bowl

Missouri Auburn

Missouri 34,
Auburn 17

Missouri

Auburn

1970

12/29/1973

in El Paso, Texas

Sun Bowl

Missouri Florida

Missouri 20,
Florida 18

Missouri

Florida

1960

01/01/1966

in New Orleans

Sugar Bowl

Georgia Missouri

Georgia 14,
Missouri 0

Georgia

Georgia

1950

01/01/1960

in Miami

Orange Bowl

Kentucky Missouri

Kentucky 7,
Missouri 0

Kentucky

Kentucky

1960

09/18/1965

Columbia

Missouri Kentucky

Missouri 6,
Kentucky 12

Kentucky

Kentucky

1960

09/21/1968

at Lexington, Ky.

Missouri LSU

Missouri 20,
LSU 15

Missouri

LSU

1970

12/23/1978

in Memphis, Tenn.

Liberty Bowl

Mississippi Missouri

Mississippi 0,
Missouri 17

Missouri

Mississippi

1973

09/15/1973

Columbia

Missouri Mississippi

Missouri 0,
Mississippi 10

Mississippi

Mississippi

1970

09/14/1974

at Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi Missouri

Mississippi 14,
Missouri 45

Missouri

Mississippi

1970

09/23/1978

Columbia

Missouri Mississippi

Missouri 33,
Mississippi 7

Missouri

Mississippi

1970

09/22/1979

at Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi Missouri

Mississippi 7,
Missouri 34

Missouri

Mississippi

2000

09/09/2006

Columbia

Missouri Mississippi

Missouri 38,
Mississippi 25

Missouri

Mississippi

2000

09/08/2007

at Oxford, Miss.

Missouri Mississippi State

Missouri 14,
Mississippi State 3

Missouri

Mississippi State

1980

10/03/1981

at Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi State Missouri

Mississippi State 30,
Missouri 47

Missouri

Mississippi State

1980

09/22/1984

Columbia

Missouri South Carolina

Missouri 24,
South Carolina 14

Missouri

South Carolina

1970

12/29/1979

in Birmingham, Ala.

Hall of Fame Bowl

South Carolina Missouri

Missouri 38,
South Carolina 31

Missouri

South Carolina

2000

12/30/2005

in Shreveport, La.

Independence Bowl

Texas A&M Missouri

Texas A&M 28,
Missouri 0

Texas A&M

Texas a&m

1950

10/05/1957

Columbia

Missouri Texas A&M

Missouri 0,
Texas A&M 12

Texas A&M

Texas a&m

1950

10/04/1958

at College Station, Texas

Texas A&M Missouri

Texas A&M 26,
Missouri 13

Texas A&M

Texas a&m

1990

09/19/1992

Columbia

Missouri Texas A&M

Missouri 0,
Texas A&M 73

Texas A&M

Texas a&m

1990

09/18/1993

at College Station, Texas

Missouri Texas A&M

Missouri 14,
Texas A&M 17

Texas A&M

Texas a&m

1990

11/14/1998

at College Station, Texas

Texas A&M Missouri

Texas A&M 51,
Missouri 14

Texas A&M

Texas a&m

1990

11/13/1999

Columbia

Missouri Texas A&M

Missouri 33,
Texas A&M 27 (OT)

Missouri

Texas a&m

2000

11/16/2002

at College Station, Texas

Texas A&M Missouri

Texas A&M 22,
Missouri 45

Missouri

Texas a&m

2000

11/15/2003

Columbia

Missouri Texas A&M

Missouri 19,
Texas A&M 25

Texas A&M

Texas a&m

2000

10/14/2006

at College Station, Texas

Texas A&M Missouri

Texas A&M 26,
Missouri 40

Missouri

Texas a&m

2000

11/10/2007

Columbia

Missouri Texas A&M

Missouri 30,
Texas A&M 9

Missouri

Texas a&m

2010

10/16/2010

at College Station, Texas

Missouri Texas A&M

Missouri 38,
Texas A&M 31

Missouri

Texas a&m

2010

10/29/2011

at College Station, Texas

Vanderbilt Missouri

Vanderbilt 0,
Missouri 16

Missouri

Vanderbilt

1890

10/12/1895

Columbia

Vanderbilt Missouri

Vanderbilt 6,
Missouri 26

Missouri

Vanderbilt

1890

11/7/1896

in St. Louis

Vanderbilt Missouri

Vanderbilt 7,
Missouri 7 (tie)

Tie

Vanderbilt

1950

09/21/1957

Columbia

Vanderbilt Missouri

Vanderbilt 12,
Missouri 8

Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt

1950

09/20/1958

Columbia