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Monday, August 13, 2012
Updated: August 14, 4:49 PM ET
Welcome to the big league

By Amy Brachmann and Hallie Grossman
ESPN The Magazine

How will the Tigers stand up against SEC powerhouses?

MONEY, TV, MORE MONEY, RECRUITS ... Texas A&M and Missouri had plenty of reasons to leave the Big 12 for the SEC. But what exactly have they gotten themselves into? Here's a look at how the new kids on the block stack up with the big dogs. Hint: Somewhere between powerhouses Alabama and LSU and bottom-dwellers Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

Photos: Dorial Green-Beckham: L.G. Patterson/AP Images; Kevin Sumlin: Patrick Green/Cal Sport Media; Gary Pinkel: Barry Taylor/Icon SMI; Map: Getty Images

Illustration: Todd Detwiler

Infographic: Munehito Sawada

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