Welcome to the SEC, Texas A&M and Missouri. Or should we say welcome to Texas A&M and Missouri, SEC. It seems as if the newest members of the conference are ready to throw down the gauntlet. Only a day removed from Labor Day, the Aggies and Tigers are showing significant chutzpah (maybe) before this week’s games with Florida and Georgia, respectively.

This billboard has shown up in Gainesville, Fla. this week. However, Texas A&M officials are claiming it wasn’t placed by the University and is investigating, according to ESPN.com.

If you can’t decipher the billboard, it reads “Howdy Gainesville: You’ve been annexed by Aggie Nation, The Best Academics & Cleanest Program in the SEC. WHOOP! Real Football. Real Tradition.

Richardson gave SEC reporters, fans and teams plenty to talk about. (Credit: Spencer Kane, Columbia, Mo.)

Not to be outdone, Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson, when asked if he had watched the Georgia-Buffalo game, said “I watched that game. I turned it off too. It’s like watching Big Ten football. It’s old-man football.”

Richardson didn’t stop there.

“If we execute,” he said, “nobody [emphasis added] in this league can touch us. Period.”

Of course, Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said Richardson “just got carried away a little bit.”

Well, then. The week just took a turn…