Tiger spirit spreads across MU campus

The black and gold atmosphere is contagious in Columbia leading up to the SEC football championship.

All eyes will be on the Missouri Tigers this weekend when they take on Auburn in the SEC football championship.

The dream became a reality after Saturday's defeat of Texas A&M, said Mizzou football strength and conditioning coach Lee Williams.

"Our program is a positive program and instill in our athletes that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. So regardless of how the season went last year, our athletes were focused. The football team was focused. Our seniors stepped up and really gave that leadership for the team and it shows," said Williams.

The players aren't the only ones who have spent the year preparing for this moment.

The Marching Mizzou are ready to show off their hard work and started preparing a new pre-game routine Tuesday night.

"Like our football team, it's kind of an unknown factor for a lot of the country. We kind of feel like our band is a really hidden secret for the university so we're really excited to show Auburn and the rest of the SEC that not only is our football team ready for the SEC but our band is as well," said MU directors of bands Dr. Brad Snow.

"Most of them [students] have never been to Atlanta before. They're excited to just be a part of the pageantry of everything that surrounds the SEC championship. It's the biggest game for any of us, so words can't really describe what everybody's feeling right now."

That excitement is contagious in Columbia.

Michelle Dillard, owner of Tiger Spirit, said there has been an increase in Mizzou gear purchases this season and is almost sold out of SEC east champions t-shirts.

"We had them delivered on Sunday and people were really excited to be the first to get them so that was fun," said Dillard.

They're recieving another order of game shirts Wednesday.

Expect a town painted black and gold this weekend.

"The energy and the positive vibe that we've been getting all season long from everyone in the Columbia community is really important. It's really great for our city and great for our institution," said Williams.