Pinkel: No surprises about strength of SEC

The SEC experience hasn’t been a pleasant one thus far for Missouri, at least on the field.

The Tigers are 0-2 in the league with 21-point losses to both Georgia and South Carolina, and they’ve given up a total of 72 points in those two games.

The 31-10 loss to South Carolina last week was especially troubling because Missouri looked content to roll over and play dead in the second half.

As disappointing as those two losses were, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said Wednesday the Tigers have not been caught off-guard by the strength of the SEC.

“I don’t care what league they’re in. Those two teams are where they should be ranked,” Pinkel said of No. 5 Georgia and No. 6 South Carolina.

“They’re very talented and very well-coached. We anticipated that. There’s no surprise in any way. We also recognize that we can play better, too. Hopefully, we’ll do that. At the end of the year, we’ll evaluate everything and see where we are.

“But there are no surprises.”

Missouri steps out of SEC play this weekend and travels to Orlando, Fla., to face UCF.