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Missouri Tigers Football
Missouri Tigers football
Mizzou Athletics wordmark.svg
First season 1890
Athletic director Jim Sterk
Head coach Barry Odom
2nd season, 11-14 (.440)
Stadium Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 71,168)
Field Faurot Field
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Columbia, Missouri
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Eastern
Past conferences Big Eight (1907-95)
Big 12 (1996-2011)
All-time record 671-556-52 (.545)
Bowl record 15-17 (.469)
Unclaimed nat'l titles 3 (1909,1960, 2007)
Conference titles 15
(3 WIUFA, 12 Big Eight)
Division titles 5
Big 12 North:
2007, 2008, 2010
SEC East:
2013, 2014
Rivalries Arkansas Razorbacks (rivalry)
Kansas Jayhawks
(rivalry) (inactive)
Illinois Fighting Illini (rivalry)
Iowa State Cyclones (rivalry) (inactive)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (rivalry)(inactive)
Oklahoma Sooners (rivalry) (inactive)
Consensus All-Americans 14
Colors Old Gold and Black[1]
Fight song "Fight Tiger"
Mascot Truman the Tiger
Marching band Marching Mizzou
Website mutigers.com

The Missouri Tigers football program represents the University of Missouri in college football and competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Since 2012, Missouri has been a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC)[2] and is currently aligned in its Eastern Division. Home games are played at Faurot Field ("The Zou") in Columbia, Missouri.

Missouri's football program dates back to 1890, and has appeared in 32 bowl games (including 10 major bowl appearances: 4 Orange Bowls, 3 Cotton Bowls, 2 Sugar Bowls, and 1 Fiesta Bowl). Missouri has won 15 conference titles, 5 division titles, and has 2 national championship selections recognized by the NCAA.[3] Entering the 2017 season, Missouri's all-time record is 671-556-52 (.545).

The team was coached by Gary Pinkel (2001-2015), who is the winningest coach of all-time at Missouri (setting that mark with his 102nd win at the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 3, 2014).[4] Pinkel's record with Mizzou after his final game on Nov. 27, 2015, is 118-73 (.618).


Conference affiliations


The Missouri Tigers have 15 conference championships and 5 conference division titles.[5]

National championships

The Tigers have been declared champions twice. Neither of these national championships are officially claimed by Missouri.[6][7]

Season Coach Selectors Record
1960 Dan Devine Poling System 11-0+
2007 Gary Pinkel Anderson & Hester 12-2

+ The 1960 record was officially recorded as 10-1, but was later changed to 11-0 due to Kansas' subsequent forfeit.[8]

Conference championships

Missouri has won 15 conference championships

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1893+ WIUFA H.O. Robinson 4-3 2-1
1894+ WIUFA H.O. Robinson 4-3 2-1
1895+ WIUFA C.D. Bliss 7-1 2-1
1909 Big Eight William Roper 7-0-1 4-0-1
1913 Big Eight Chester Brewer 7-1 4-0
1919 Big Eight John F. Miller 5-1-2 4-0-1
1924 Big Eight Gwinn Henry 7-2 5-1
1925 Big Eight Gwinn Henry 6-1-1 5-1
1927 Big Eight Gwinn Henry 7-2 5-1
1939 Big Eight Don Faurot 8-2 5-0
1941 Big Eight Don Faurot 8-2 5-0
1942 Big Eight Don Faurot 8-3-1 4-0-1
1945 Big Eight Chauncey Simpson 6-4 5-0
1960^ Big Eight Dan Devine 11-0 7-0
1969+ Big Eight Dan Devine 9-2 6-1

+ Co-champions
^ The 1960 Big Eight title was retroactively awarded after a loss to Kansas was reversed due to Kansas' use of a player who was later ruled to be ineligible.

Divisional championships

The Tigers were previously members of the Big 12 North division between its inception in 1996 and the dissolution of conference divisions within the Big 12 in 2011. The Tigers joined the SEC as members of the SEC East starting in 2012. Missouri has won 5 division championships.

Season Division Opponent CG Result
2007+ Big 12 North Oklahoma L 17-38
2008+ Big 12 North Oklahoma L 21-62
2010+ Big 12 North None N/A
2013 SEC East Auburn L 42-59
2014 SEC East Alabama L 13-42

+ Denotes co-champion

Bowl games

Missouri has appeared in 32 bowl games, including 10 major bowl appearances: 4 Orange Bowls, 3 Cotton Bowls, 2 Sugar Bowls, and 1 Fiesta Bowl, with an all-time bowl record of 15-17.

Missouri's entire bowl history is shown in the table below.[9]

All-time record vs. SEC teams

2017 Source:[10]
Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Last
Alabama 2 3 0 .400 Lost 3 1968 2014
Arkansas 6 3 0 .667 Won 2 1906 2017
Auburn 1 2 0 .333 Lost 2 1973 2017
Florida 4 3 0 .571 Won 1 1966 2017
Georgia 1 6 0 .143 Lost 4 1960 2017
Kentucky 3 5 0 .375 Lost 3 1965 2017
LSU 1 1 0 .500 Lost 1 1978 2016
Mississippi State 2 1 0 .667 Lost 1 1981 2015
Ole Miss 6 1 0 .857 Won 5 1973 2013
South Carolina 4 4 0 .500 Lost 2 1979 2017
Tennessee 4 2 0 .666 Won 1 2012 2017
Texas A&M 7 8 0 .467 Won 2 1957 2014
Vanderbilt 6 3 1 .650 Won 2 1895 2017
Totals 47 42 1 .528

Current coaching staff

Coaching staff.[when?][11]

Name Position
Barry Odom Head Coach
Andy Hill Associate Head Coach / Wide Receivers Coach
Brian Odom Outside Linebackers Coach
Cornell Ford Running Backs Coach
Ryan Walters Defensive Coordinator / Safeties Coach
Brick Haley Defensive Line Coach
Dan Hopkins Director of Football Operations

Award winners

Don Faurot - 1964
Warren Powers - 1978
Brock Olivo - 1997
Chase Coffman - 2008

Player accomplishments


Missouri has 36 first-team All-American selections as of 2017, 13 of whom were consensus selections.[12]:121-126

+ Consensus selection

Retired numbers

Missouri has retired six jersey numbers representing seven players as of 2017.[12]:119-120

College Football Hall of Fame

Missouri has 11 inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame[13]

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Two Missouri players have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame:[14]


The nickname "Tigers", given to Mizzou's athletic teams, traces its origin to the Civil War period. At that time, plundering guerrilla bands habitually raided small towns, and Columbia people constantly feared an attack. Such organizations as temporary "home guards" and vigilance companies banded together to fight off any possible forays.

The town's preparedness discouraged any guerrilla activity and the protecting organization began to disband in 1864. However, it was rumored that a guerrilla band, led by the notorious Bill Anderson, intended to sack the town. Quickly organized was an armed guard of Columbia citizens, who built a blockhouse and fortified the old courthouse in the center of town. This company was called "The Missouri Tigers." The marauders never came. The reputation of the intrepid "Tigers" presumably traveled abroad, and Anderson's gang detoured around Columbia.[15]

The Tigers militia unit was commanded by James Rollins, upon whom the MU's Board of Curators later bestowed the title of "Pater Universitatis Missouriensis" (Father of the University of Missouri) in recognition of his "great efforts to promote the posterity, usefulness, and success" of the University.[16]

When the MU football team was first formed in 1890, at a mass meeting of students and interested citizens held to perfect the organization of the team, "Tigers" was unanimously selected as the team name, in recognition of Rollins and the town's civil war defenders.[17][18]


Truman the Tiger was introduced as the school's mascot against the Utah State Aggies in 1986, receiving his name from former president Harry S Truman. Truman has been named the "Nation's Best Mascot" three times since 1986, most recently in 2004.[19]


See 1911 Kansas vs. Missouri football game

The NCAA[20] as well as Jeopardy! and Trivial Pursuit[21] recognize the University of Missouri as the birthplace of Homecoming, an event which became a national tradition in college football. The history of the University of Missouri Homecoming can be traced back to the 1911 Kansas vs. Missouri football game, when the Missouri Tigers faced off against the Kansas Jayhawks in the first installment of the Border War rivalry series.[22][23]

Future opponents

Intra-division opponents

Missouri plays the other six SEC East opponents once per season.[24]

Even Numbered Years Odd Number Years
at Tennessee vs Tennessee
vs Georgia at Georgia
at Florida vs Florida
vs Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt
at South Carolina vs South Carolina
vs Kentucky at Kentucky

Non-division opponents

Missouri plays Arkansas as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the West division among the other six schools.[24]

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
vs Arkansas at Arkansas vs Arkansas at Arkansas vs Arkansas at Arkansas vs Arkansas at Arkansas
at Alabama vs Ole Miss at Mississippi State vs Texas A&M at Auburn vs LSU at Ole Miss vs Alabama

Non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of November 20, 2017.[25][26]

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
vs Wyoming
Sept. 8th
at Wyoming
Aug. 31st
vs Eastern Michigan
Sept. 26th
at Boston College
Sept. 25th
at Middle Tennessee
Sept. 17th
vs Middle Tennessee
Sept. 9th
vs Boston College
Sept. 24th
at Miami (Ohio)
Sept. 13th
at Illinois
Sept. 26th
vs Illinois
Sept. 18th
at Illinois
Sept. 16th
vs Illinois
Sept. 15th
at Purdue
Sept. 15th
vs West Virginia
Sept. 7th
at BYU
Nov. 7th
vs North Texas
Oct. 16th
at Kansas State
Sept. 10th
at Memphis
Sept. 23
vs Memphis
Oct. 20th
vs Southeast Missouri State
Sept. 21st
vs Central Arkansas
Sept. 5th
vs Kansas State
Sept. 16
vs UT Martin
Sept. 1
vs Troy
Oct. 5th


  1. ^ Missouri Athletics Brand Identity Guidelines (PDF). August 4, 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/NEWS/tabid/473/Article/229185/university-of-missouri-to-join-southeastern-conference.aspx University Of Missouri To Join Southeastern Conference
  3. ^ College football national championships in NCAA Division I FBS#Yearly national championship selections from major selectors NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records
  4. ^ http://www.kansascity.com/2013/12/01/4661805/mu-notebook-pinkel-matches-faurot.html Gary Pinkel matches Don Faurot for most wins at Mizzou
  5. ^ "Missouri Composite Championship Listing". Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. 
  6. ^ 2012 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records (PDF). Indianapolis: The National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2012. pp. 69-78. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ Amy Daughters (2011-05-04). "College Football: The Top 25 Schools That Have Never Won a National Championship". Bleacher Report. 
  8. ^ "The 1960 MU-KU Controversy". 21 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Missouri Bowl History". Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. 
  10. ^ "Show Me 2017 Record Book" (PDF). August 16, 2017. Retrieved 2018. 
  11. ^ http://www.mutigers.com/roster.aspx?path=football&#coaches_anchor
  12. ^ a b "2017 Record Book" (PDF). mutigers.com. Missouri Athletics. Retrieved 2018. 
  13. ^ "College Football Hall of Fame Inductees". Atlanta Hall Management, Inc. Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ "Missouri Tigers Football History - College Football". Collegefootballhistory.com. Retrieved . 
  16. ^ Smith, William Benjamin. James Sidney Rollins, Memoir. New York: De Vinne Press, 1891. Page 49.
  17. ^ The Missouri Alumnus. "Why M. U. Athletes are Called 'Tigers". Volume V, No. 11, pp. 189-190. March 2, 1917.
  18. ^ Piontek, Keith. "MU and the 'Tigers' Moniker." Rock M Nation website. February 2, 2010. http://www.rockmnation.com/2010/2/1/1287299/mu-and-the-tigers-moniker
  19. ^ "Truman the Tiger - 2015-16 General". University of Missouri. Retrieved 2017. 
  20. ^ "U celebrates Homecoming Week 2004 : UMNews : University of Minnesota". .umn.edu. Retrieved . 
  21. ^ "The History of Homecoming". Active.com. Retrieved . 
  22. ^ Chrös Mcdougall And Blaine Grider. "Tradition's beginnings mysterious". Columbia Missourian. Archived from the original on 2012-12-09. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ Director of Digital Media, Eric J Eckert; eric.eckert@yorknewstimes.com (2011-09-23). "> Archives > Editorials > Vincent's Views". York News-Times. Retrieved . 
  24. ^ a b "SEC Future Football Schedule Rotation Announced". fbschedules.com. Retrieved . 
  25. ^ "Missouri Tigers Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved . 
  26. ^ "University of Missouri Athletics - The Fifth Down. The Flea-Kicker. 4.8 Seconds. The page you wanted". www.mutigers.com. 

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