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Vols remind Missouri of former Big 12 rivals

12:13 PM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Tyler Bray (8) looks to pass the ball against the Georgia State Panthers during the third quarter at Neyland Stadium. Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE
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By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Missouri may feel as if it's back in the Big 12 this week.

Watching highlights of Tennessee certainly reminds Missouri of the high-scoring Big 12 games it played just about every week before moving to the Southeastern Conference this year.

Tennessee has averaged 36.8 points per game and has allowed 35.4 points per game while utilizing the same type of uptempo offense favored by many Big 12 programs.

The Vols will be seeking their first SEC victory of the season Saturday when Missouri comes to Neyland Stadium.

The unusual aspect of this matchup is that longtime SEC member Tennessee (4-5, 0-5 SEC) has a Big 12-style approach while Missouri (4-5, 1-5) is a league newcomer playing the brand of defense-oriented football more typically associated with the SEC.

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