The Missouri Tigers football team has been historically up and down record-wise until busting onto the scene in 2007 when the team almost ended up playing for a national title. Missouri's football and basketball programs have both improved to gain national recognition and now after the move into the SEC conference, the school's national prominence will only continue.
Here is a list of Mizzou's top three rivals in collegiate sports.
3. Oklahoma Sooners
The Tigers' exit from the Big 12 conference hurts this rivalry, but there have been so many great moments that it needs to be included. The first time College Game Day came to Missouri, the Tigers beat the then No. 1 Sooners 35-27 as rabid Tiger fans rushed onto the field. Both schools also considered leaving the Big 12 at the same time with Oklahoma possibly going to the PAC-12 and Missouri thinking about going to the Big 10 or SEC. Oklahoma also ruined Missouri’s dreams of a possible National Championship when they beat the Tigers in the Big 12 title game in 2007, 38-17. It is unclear when these teams will meet again, but hopefully it is soon.
Hated Figures: Sam Bradford, Bob Stoops and the entire 2007 Sooners football team.
2. Arkansas Razorbacks
With Missouri joining the SEC, a new inter-conference rivalry must be founded. It appears Arkansas can fill that void. Arkansas' current basketball coach Mike Anderson left the Tigers for the Razorbacks before the start of last basketball season, prompting fans to have mixed feelings for the coach. Arkansas and Missouri share a border, so a second border war could be in the works if this rivalry progresses. The last matchup between the two football squads came in January 2008 in the Cotton Bowl when Tony Temple rushed for a Cotton Bowl record 281 yards while the Missouri defense shut down Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Peyton Hillis. Columbia, Missouri, is also only a five- hour drive away from Fayetteville, Arkansas, giving both fan bases an opportunity to travel and represent their team. The schools won’t face each other until March 3rd at Mizzou, so it will be interesting to see the reaction Tigers fans have to seeing Anderson coaching from the away team’s bench.
Hated Figures: Mike Anderson is the only person currently fueling this rivalry.
1. Kansas Jayhawks
Regardless of conference affiliation or when these two teams will meet again, when you think of Missouri’s biggest rival, Kansas comes to mind. The teams border war dates back to an actual border war between Kansas and Missouri citizens during the Civil War. The teams first met on Halloween day ,1891, and have played 120 times since, with the Tigers leading the series 57-54-9. However, Jayhawk fans claim the series is actually 56-55-9 KU. Although the rivalry will be sorely missed by Missouri and Kansas fans, the hope of both sides coming to an agreement keeps the Jayhawks as Missouri’s number one rival.
Hated Figures: Bill Self, Mark Mangino, and anyone associated with the University of Kansas.
Other Notable Rivalries: Nebraska, Kansas State and Colorado.