Illinois–Missouri football rivalry

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Illinois–Missouri football rivalry
Illinois Block I.png Missouri Tigers Block M.png
Illinois Fighting Illini Missouri Tigers

Sport(s) Football
Total meetings 24
Series record Missouri leads, 17-7
First meeting October 17, 1896
Illinois 10, Missouri 0
Last meeting September 4, 2010
Missouri 23, Illinois 13
Largest win Missouri, 52-7 (1980)
Longest win streak Missouri, 6 (2002-present)
Current win streak Missouri, 6 (2002-present)

The Illinois–Missouri football rivalry was an American college football rivalry between the Illinois Fighting Illini football team of the University of Illinois and Missouri Tigers football team of the University of Missouri. Both schools consider it a friendlier, secondary rivalry compared to their other rivalries like the Border War and Northwestern, but it still generates interest from students and alumni, especially those in and around Greater St. Louis. Both schools have considerable alumni from the area.

Although match-ups generally have not taken place annually, in recent years, the series has been played more frequently. It was the opening game of the season for both teams, for the 2007 through 2010 seasons. After the 2010 season, the series will cease for at least the next few years.[1] On November 6, 2011, Missouri accepted an invitation to join the SEC in 2012. As a result, any future meetings between the two schools will be labeled as a Big Ten vs. SEC matchup.

The schools first met in 1896, and played sporadically until 1966. They played six straight seasons from 1975–80, helping to start a series in men's basketball. That series has been played in all but one year since 1980, and is known as Braggin' Rights. Unlike the Arch Rivalry, the annual Braggin' Rights game is still an active tradition.


The series started in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1896. For the majority of the history of the series, it had traded off between Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois, and Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri. Since 2002, the games have returned to St. Louis where they are played at the Edward Jones Dome. Mizzou has claimed victory at every game since returning the series to St. Louis. Mizzou leads 5 games to 1 when played in Columbia. The series is tied 5-5 for games played in Champaign.

Game results[edit]

Illinois victories are colored ██ orange. Missouri victories are colored ██ black. Ties are white.

Year Illinois Missouri Location
1896 Illinois 10 Missouri 0 St. Louis, MO
1913 Illinois 34 Missouri 7 Champaign, IL
1949 Illinois 20 Missouri 27 Champaign, IL
1966 Illinois 14 Missouri 21 Champaign, IL
1968 Illinois 0 Missouri 44 Champaign, IL
1969 Illinois 6 Missouri 37 St. Louis, MO
1975 Illinois 20 Missouri 30 Champaign, IL
1976 Illinois 31 Missouri 6 Columbia, MO
1977 Illinois 11 Missouri 7 Champaign, IL
1978 Illinois 3 Missouri 45 Columbia, MO
1979 Illinois 6 Missouri 14 Champaign, IL
1980 Illinois 7 Missouri 52 Columbia, MO
1983 Illinois 18 Missouri 28 Columbia, MO
1984 Illinois 30 Missouri 24 Champaign, IL
1991 Illinois 19 Missouri 23 Columbia, MO
1992 Illinois 24 Missouri 17 Champaign, IL
1993 Illinois 3 Missouri 31 Columbia, MO
1994 Illinois 42 Missouri 0 Champaign, IL
2002 Illinois 20 Missouri 33 St. Louis, MO
2003 Illinois 15 Missouri 22 St. Louis, MO
2007 Illinois 34 Missouri 40 St. Louis, MO
2008 Illinois 42 Missouri 52 St. Louis, MO
2009 Illinois 9 Missouri 37 St. Louis, MO
2010 Illinois 13 Missouri 23 St. Louis, MO

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Smith, Mike (June 1, 2009). "Mizzou, Illini to end football series at Dome". St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tiger Tracker Blog.[dead link]

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