|Missouri Tigers football|
|Athletic director||Desiree Reed-Francois|
|Head coach||Eliah Drinkwitz |
3rd season, 15–16 (.484)
|Stadium||Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium|
|Field surface||AstroTurf RootZone 3D3|
|Past conferences||Big Eight (1907–1995)|
Big 12 (1996–2011)
|All-time record||697–580–52 (.544)|
|Bowl record||15–19 (.441)|
|Unclaimed national titles||2 (1960, 2007)|
(3 WIUFA, 12 Big Eight)
Big 12 North:
2007, 2008, 2010
Iowa State (rivalry)
South Carolina (rivalry)
|Colors||Old gold and black|
|Fight song||Every True Son, Fight Tiger|
|Mascot||Truman the Tiger|
|Marching band||Marching Mizzou|
The Missouri Tigers football program represents the University of Missouri (often referred to as Mizzou) in college football and competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Missouri's football program dates back to 1890, and has appeared in 33 bowl games (including 10 major bowl appearances: four Orange Bowls, three Cotton Bowls, two Sugar Bowls, and one Fiesta Bowl). Missouri has won 15 conference titles and four division titles, and has two national-championship selections recognized by the NCAA. Entering the 2021 season, Missouri's all-time record is 695–576–52 (.545).
Since 2012, Missouri has been a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and competes in the Eastern Division, since joining the Tigers have a losing record at 38-44 in conference play. Home games are played at Faurot Field ("The Zou") in Columbia, Missouri.
The team was coached by Gary Pinkel (2001–2015), who has the highest winning percentage of any coach in Missouri football history (setting that mark with his 102nd win at the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 3, 2014). Pinkel's record with Mizzou after his final game on November 27, 2015, is 118–73 (.618).
See also: List of Missouri Tigers football seasons
The Missouri Tigers have 15 conference championships and five conference division titles.
The Tigers were selected as national champions by NCAA-designated major selectors in 1960 and 2007.
Neither championship is claimed by the school, nor is either recognized by the NCAA. The Tigers have never finished a season ranked number one in either the AP Poll or Coaches' Poll.
|Season||Coach||Selectors||Record||Final AP||Final Coaches|
|1960||Dan Devine||Poling System||11–0†||No. 5||No. 4|
|2007||Gary Pinkel||Anderson & Hester||12-2||No. 4||No. 5|
† The 1960 record was officially recorded as 10–1, but was later changed to 11–0 due to Kansas' subsequent forfeit.
Missouri has won 15 conference championships, but has never outright won the Big 12 or the SEC championship.
|Year||Conference||Coach||Overall Record||Conference Record|
|1909||Big Eight||William Roper||7–0–1||4–0–1|
|1919||John F. Miller||5–1–2||4–0–1|
‡ 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.
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 five division championships.
|2007†||Big 12 North||Gary Pinkel||Oklahoma||L 17–38|
|2010†||N/A lost tiebreaker to Nebraska|
|2013||SEC East||Auburn||L 42–59|
Missouri has appeared in 33 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 15–19. The team also accepted a bid to the 2020 Music City Bowl against Iowa, which was subsequently canceled due to an outbreak of COVID-19 on the Tigers.
Missouri's entire bowl history is shown in the table below.
|1924||Gwinn Henry||Los Angeles Christmas Festival||USC||L 7–20|
|1939||Don Faurot||Orange Bowl||Georgia Tech||L 7–21|
|1941||Don Faurot||Sugar Bowl||Fordham||L 0–2|
|1945||Chauncey Simpson||Cotton Bowl Classic||Texas||L 27–40|
|1948||Don Faurot||Gator Bowl||Clemson||L 23–24|
|1949||Don Faurot||Gator Bowl||Maryland||L 7–20|
|1959||Dan Devine||Orange Bowl||Georgia||L 0–14|
|1960||Dan Devine||Orange Bowl||Navy||W 21–14|
|1962||Dan Devine||Bluebonnet Bowl||Georgia Tech||W 14–10|
|1965||Dan Devine||Sugar Bowl||Florida||W 20–18|
|1968||Dan Devine||Gator Bowl||Alabama||W 35–10|
|1969||Dan Devine||Orange Bowl||Penn State||L 3–10|
|1972||Al Onofrio||Fiesta Bowl||Arizona State||L 35–49|
|1973||Al Onofrio||Sun Bowl||Auburn||W 34–17|
|1978||Warren Powers||Liberty Bowl||LSU||W 20–15|
|1979||Warren Powers||Hall of Fame Classic||South Carolina||W 24–14|
|1980||Warren Powers||Liberty Bowl||Purdue||L 25–28|
|1981||Warren Powers||Tangerine Bowl||Southern Miss||W 19–17|
|1983||Warren Powers||Holiday Bowl||BYU||L 17–21|
|1997||Larry Smith||Holiday Bowl||Colorado State||L 24–35|
|1998||Larry Smith||Insight.com Bowl||West Virginia||W 34–31|
|2003||Gary Pinkel||Independence Bowl||Arkansas||L 14–27|
|2005||Gary Pinkel||Independence Bowl||South Carolina||W 38–31|
|2006||Gary Pinkel||Sun Bowl||Oregon State||L 38–39|
|2007||Gary Pinkel||Cotton Bowl Classic||Arkansas||W 38–7|
|2008||Gary Pinkel||Alamo Bowl||Northwestern||W 30–23OT|
|2009||Gary Pinkel||Texas Bowl||Navy||L 13–35|
|2010||Gary Pinkel||Insight Bowl||Iowa||L 24–27|
|2011||Gary Pinkel||Independence Bowl||North Carolina||W 41–24|
|2013||Gary Pinkel||Cotton Bowl Classic||Oklahoma State||W 41–31|
|2014||Gary Pinkel||Citrus Bowl||Minnesota||W 33–17|
|2017||Barry Odom||Texas Bowl||Texas||L 16–33|
|2018||Barry Odom||Liberty Bowl||Oklahoma State||L 33–38|
|2021||Eli Drinkwitz||Armed Forces Bowl||Army||L 22–24|
Main article: Battle Line Rivalry
Missouri and Arkansas first met in 1906 in Columbia, Missouri, and played each other five times prior to Missouri joining the SEC in 2012, and then becoming Arkansas' permanent cross-division rival in 2014. The annual meeting was dubbed the Battle Line Rivalry. On November 23, 2015, a new rivalry trophy was unveiled for the annual game. Missouri leads the series 9-4 as of the conclusion of the 2021 season, which saw the Razorbacks win 34-17.
Main article: Mayor's Cup (Missouri–South Carolina)
A new rivalry was started in 2012 when Missouri joined the SEC East. With both schools located in cities named Columbia (Columbia, Missouri, and Columbia, South Carolina), the mayors of the cities commemorate the winner with the "Mayor's Cup" trophy for the annual game.
Main article: Border War (Kansas–Missouri rivalry)
Missouri leads the series with Kansas 57–54–9 through the 2021 season. With history dating back to Bleeding Kansas in the 1850s, the "Border War" rivalry was well-known as one of the longest-lasting and fiercest rivalries in college sports. The teams met annually, traditionally for the final game of the regular season, from 1891 through 2011 when Missouri left the Big 12 for the SEC.
Main article: Illinois–Missouri football rivalry
The rivalry between Missouri and Illinois is modeled after the two schools' longstanding basketball rivalry, and it garners the most interest around St. Louis, with both schools having alumni and fans in the area. It has not been played annually, with 24 matchups occurring from 1896 to 2010, with Missouri leading the series 17–7. Between 2000 and 2010, the schools met in St. Louis six times, with Missouri winning each time. In 2026, the series will be renewed for a four-year period, to be played on campus sites.
Main article: Iowa State–Missouri football rivalry
Missouri and Iowa State first met in 1896 and the regional rivalry was born. Before the 1959 match-up between the two schools, which took place in Ames, Iowa, field testing showed that the telephones the two schools used to communicate with their coaches in the coaches' box were wired so that either school could hear what was happening on the other sideline. The problem was fixed before the game, but neither of the two coaches knew that. Northwestern Bell Telephone Company of Ames then decided to have a trophy made to commemorate the incident, thus the Telephone Trophy was born. When Missouri left the Big 12 for the SEC, the rivalry was essentially ended. Missouri leads the series with Iowa State 61–34–9 through the 2021 season.
Main article: Missouri–Oklahoma football rivalry
Oklahoma leads the series 67–24–5 through the 2021 season. From 1940 through 1974, the teams played for the Tiger-Sooner Peace Pipe trophy.
Main article: Missouri–Nebraska football rivalry
Nebraska leads the series 65–36–3 through the 2021 season. From 1892 through 2010, the teams played for the Victory Bell trophy.
Missouri has 37 first-team All-American selections as of 2017, 13 of whom were consensus selections.: 121–126
† Consensus selection
Missouri has retired six jersey numbers representing seven players as of 2017.: 119–120
|23||Johnny Roland||HB||1962, 1964–65|||
Missouri has 13 inductees into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Two Missouri players have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame:
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 2014.
The NCAA as well as Jeopardy! and Trivial Pursuit 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.
Missouri plays the other six SEC East opponents once per season.
|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|
Missouri plays Arkansas as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the West division among the other six schools.
|vs Arkansas||at Arkansas||vs Arkansas||at Arkansas|
|at Auburn||vs LSU||at Ole Miss||vs Alabama|
Announced schedules as of October 27, 2022.
|San Diego State
|at San Diego State
|San Diego State
|at Kansas State
|at Miami (Ohio)
|at San Diego State
|at Northern Illinois
|at North Texas
|New Mexico State
|vs Memphis (St. Louis)
|at Florida Atlantic
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