Illinois–Missouri football rivalry

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Illinois–Missouri football rivalry
Sport Football
First meeting October 17, 1896
Illinois 10, Missouri 0
Latest meeting September 4, 2010
Missouri 23, Illinois 13
Meetings total 24
All-time series Missouri leads, 17-7
Largest victory Missouri, 52-7 (1980)
Longest streak Missouri, 6 (2002-present)
Current 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.

Date Location Winner Score
October 17, 1896 St. Louis, MO Illinois 10–0
October 11, 1913 Champaign, IL Illinois 34–7
October 15, 1949 Champaign, IL Missouri 27–20
September 24, 1966 Champaign, IL Missouri 21–14
September 28, 1968 Champaign, IL Missouri 44–0
September 27, 1969 St. Louis, MO Missouri 37–6
September 20, 1975 Champaign, IL Missouri 30–20
September 18, 1976 Columbia, MO Illinois 31–6
September 17, 1977 Champaign, IL Illinois 11–7
October 7, 1978 Columbia, MO Missouri 45–3
September 15, 1979 Champaign, IL Missouri 14–6
September 20, 1980 Columbia, MO Missouri 52–7
September 10, 1983 Columbia, MO Missouri 28–18
September 8, 1984 Champaign, IL Illinois 30–24
September 14, 1991 Columbia, MO Missouri 23–19
September 12, 1992 Champaign, IL Illinois 24–17
September 11, 1993 Columbia, MO Missouri 31–3
September 10, 1994 Champaign, IL Illinois 42–0
August 31, 2002 St. Louis, MO Missouri 33–20
August 30, 2003 St. Louis, MO Missouri 22–15
September 1, 2007 St. Louis, MO Missouri 40–34
August 30, 2008 St. Louis, MO Missouri 52–42
September 5, 2009 St. Louis, MO Missouri 37–9
September 4, 2010 St. Louis, MO Missouri 23–13

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  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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