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Monday, July 2, 2012
Looking back at the SEC's last expansion

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

What can Missouri and Texas A&M expect as they enter the SEC's football world, and how much success will they have?

For perspective, let's take a look at how the past two teams to join the league have fared in their first 20 years:

ARKANSAS

The Hogs have yet to win an SEC championship, but have played in the SEC title game three times. They lost 34-3 to Florida in 1995, lost 30-3 to Georgia in 2002, and lost 38-28 to eventual national champion Florida in 2006.

Arkansas has been to one BCS bowl game since joining the SEC in 1992. The Hogs lost 31-26 to Ohio State in the 2011 AT&T Sugar Bowl. Arkansas' overall bowl record since joining the SEC is 4-8.

The Hogs are 138-102-2 overall since joining the SEC, and 78-83-2 in all games against SEC opponents.

In their first five seasons in the league, the Hogs had two winning SEC records. In their first 10 seasons in the league, they had three winning SEC records. In all 20 seasons in the league, they've posted seven winning SEC records, including each of the past two seasons.

In 20 years in the SEC, Arkansas has suffered through seven losing seasons overall.

SOUTH CAROLINA

The Gamecocks have yet to win an SEC championship and have played in only one SEC title game. They lost 56-17 to eventual national champion Auburn in 2010.

South Carolina has yet to play in a BCS bowl game since joining the SEC in 1992. The Gamecocks' overall bowl record since joining the SEC is 5-4.

The Gamecocks are 120-117-1 overall since joining the SEC, and 65-95-1 in all games against SEC opponents.

In their first five seasons in the league, the Gamecocks had no winning SEC records. In their first 10 seasons in the league, they had two winning records. Their first winning league record came in their ninth season (2000). In all 20 seasons in the league, they've posted five winning SEC records, including each of the past two seasons.

In 20 years in the SEC, South Carolina has suffered through eight losing seasons overall.