Illinois–Missouri football rivalry

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Illinois–Missouri football rivalry
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 win streak Missouri, 6 (2002–present)
Current win streak Missouri, 6 (2002–present)

The Illinois–Missouri football rivalry is 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 has ceased through 2026, when the two schools will renew the game,[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.

On November 20th, 2017, both schools announced a renewing of the series to start in 2026, the series will be played on the campuses of the two schools.[2].


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. Missouri has claimed victory at every game since returning the series to St. Louis. Missouri leads 5–1 when played in Columbia, the series is tied 5–5 for games played in Champaign.


Illinois victories Missouri victories
No. Date Location Winner Score
1 1896 Saint Louis, MO Illinois 10–0
2 1913 Champaign, IL Illinois 24–7
3 1949 Champaign, IL Missouri 27–20
4 1966 Champaign, IL Missouri 21–14
5 1968 Champaign, IL Missouri 44–0
6 1969 Saint Louis, MO #11 Missouri 37–6
7 1975 Champaign, IL #5 Missouri 30–20
8 1976 Columbia, MO Illinois 31–6
9 1977 Champaign, IL Illinois 11–7
10 1978 Columbia, MO Missouri 45–3
11 1979 Champaign, IL #11 Missouri 14–6
12 1980 Columbia, MO #15 Missouri 52–7
13 1983 Columbia, MO Missouri 28–18
No. Date Location Winner Score
14 1984 Champaign, IL Illinois 30–24
15 1991 Columbia, MO Missouri 23–19
16 1992 Champaign, IL Illinois 24–17
17 1993 Columbia, MO Missouri 31–3
18 1994 Champaign, IL Illinois 42–0
19 2002 Saint Louis, MO Missouri 33–20
20 2003 Saint Louis, MO Missouri 22–15
21 2007 Saint Louis, MO Missouri 40–34
22 2008 Saint Louis, MO #6 Missouri 52–42
23 2009 Saint Louis, MO Missouri 37–9
24 2010 Saint Louis, MO Missouri 23–13
Series: Missouri leads 17–7

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  1. ^ Smith, Mike (June 1, 2009). "Mizzou, Illini to end football series at Dome" Archived 2009-06-04 at St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tiger Tracker Blog.
  2. ^ Spencer, Adam (November 20, 2017). "Mizzou announces return of Braggin' Rights football rivalry with Illinois" . Saturday Down South.