Missouri vs. Big Ten opponents

Yeah, yeah, I remember what I wrote this morning about expansion. But since we looked at Nebraska's record against its possible new roommates, it's only fair to do the same for the Tigers.

So here's a historical look at Missouri vs. the Big Ten:

A few big-picture points:

  • Missouri is 46-55-4 against current members of the Big Ten.

  • The Tigers have winning records against four teams in the Big Ten.

  • Against the Big Ten powers (Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State), Missouri is 4-15-1.

vs. Illinois (16-7)

  • Missouri has dominated its Braggin' Rights rivalry game of late, winning the last five games at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, including a 37-9 win in 2009.

  • Since 1978, Missouri is 11-3 against the Illini, and away from Champaign, Missouri is 11-2 in the series.

vs. Indiana (2-6-2)

  • The two teams haven't played since 1992, but Missouri won the first two matchups in 1953 and 1954. Since then, the Tigers are 0-6-2 against the Hoosiers.

  • The last two games in Columbia ended in ties at 27 in 1991 and 28 in 1988.

vs. Iowa (7-5)

  • Missouri won what I'm sure was a thrilling 5-0 game the last time the two black-and-gold squads met.

  • That was in 1910, so I'm going to stop writing about this now.

vs. Michigan (2-2)

  • For whatever reason, all four meetings with Michigan have come at the Big House, but other than a five-point win by the Tigers in 1959, the closest margin of victory has been a 23-point, 40-17 win by Missouri in 1969.

  • The two teams haven't met since 1975.

vs. Michigan State (3-5)

  • The Spartans swept a home-and-home against the Tigers in 2000 and 2001, beating the Tigers 13-10 in Columbia in 2000 before waxing them 55-7 in East Lansing in 2001.

  • Before that series, the two teams hadn't played since World War II.

vs. Minnesota (4-3-1)

  • Missouri is 3-0-1 in the past four meetings, but they all came within the span of a decade from 1961-70.

  • The Gophers and Tigers haven't met since.

vs. Northwestern (5-4)

  • I actually covered the last Journalism Bowl between these two teams, a 30-23 Missouri overtime win in the Alamo Bowl in Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin's final game as Tigers.

  • Northwestern is the only team in the series to win two consecutive games, but they hadn't met since 1987 before the Alamo Bowl. Northwestern's consecutive wins came in 1932 and 1963, so I can't imagine there were more than one or two players that played on both teams.

vs. Ohio State (1-10-1)

  • Missouri's only win in the series came in 1976, when it beat the Buckeyes 22-21 in Columbus.

  • Columbia has hosted just one of the 12 meetings and Ohio State won that game, the first half of a home-and-home in 1997, 31-10.

vs. Penn State (1-3)

  • Missouri's only win in the series came in 1960, but the two teams haven't met since 1980.

  • Penn State beat the Tigers in the 1970 Orange Bowl, 10-3. That capped off one of the best seasons in Missouri history, and the Tigers finished 9-2.

vs. Purdue (2-6)

  • Purdue won the last meeting, 28-25, in the 1980 Liberty Bowl.

  • That game was the programs' only meeting since 1956.

vs. Wisconsin (1-4)

  • Missouri lost both ends of a home-and-home with the Badgers by a point in 1983 and 1984.

  • The Tigers' only win in the series was a 27-21 victory in Columbia in 1975.


vs. Notre Dame (2-2)

  • The home team has never won a game in the series. Notre Dame won in Columbia, 16-14, in 1984, the last time the two teams met. Missouri won in South Bend in 1972 and 1978, and Notre Dame won in Columbia in 1970.