|Missouri Tigers football|
|Athletic director||Jim Sterk|
|Head coach||Barry Odom
2nd season, 11–14 (.440)
|Stadium||Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium
|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)|
(3 WIUFA, 12 Big Eight)
Big 12 North:
2007, 2008, 2010
|Rivalries||Arkansas Razorbacks (rivalry)
Illinois Fighting Illini (rivalry)
Iowa State Cyclones (rivalry) (inactive)
Nebraska Cornhuskers (rivalry)(inactive)
Oklahoma Sooners (rivalry) (inactive)
|Colors||Old Gold and Black
|Fight song||"Fight Tiger"|
|Mascot||Truman the Tiger|
|Marching band||Marching Mizzou|
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) 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. 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). Pinkel's record with Mizzou after his final game on Nov. 27, 2015, is 118–73 (.618).
- Independent (1890–1892)
- Western Interstate University Football Association (1892–1897)
- Independent (1898–1906)
- Big Eight Conference (1907–1995)
- MVIAA 1907–1964, unofficially called Big Six 1928–1947, Big Seven 1947–1957 and Big Eight 1957–1963
- Big 12 Conference (1996–2011)
- Southeastern Conference (2012–present)
The Missouri Tigers have 15 conference championships and 5 conference division titles.
|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.
Missouri has won 15 conference championships
|Year||Conference||Coach||Overall Record||Conference Record|
|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|
^ 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 5 division championships.
|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
Missouri's entire bowl history is shown in the table below.
All-time record vs. SEC teams
- 2017 Source:
|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|
|Texas A&M||7||8||0||.467||Won 2||1957||2014|
Current coaching staff
|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|
- Amos Alonzo Stagg Award – For Contributions to Football
- Don Faurot – 1964
- Warren Powers – 1978
- Mosi Tatupu Award – Best Special Teams Player
- Brock Olivo – 1997
- John Mackey Award – Best Tight End
- Chase Coffman – 2008
Missouri has 36 first-team All-American selections as of 2017, 13 of whom were consensus selections.:121–126
† Consensus selection
College Football Hall of Fame
- Paul Christman, Quarterback (1956)
- Don Faurot, Coach (1961)
- Bob Steuber, Halfback (1971)
- Jim Phelan, Coach (1973)
- Ed Travis, Offensive tackle (1974)
- Darold Jenkins, Center (1976)
- Frank Broyles, Coach (1983)
- Dan Devine, Coach (1985)
- Johnny Roland, Halfback (1998)
- Kellen Winslow, Tight end (2002)
- Roger Wehrli, Cornerback (2003)
Pro Football Hall of Fame
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.
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.
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.
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.
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||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|
|vs Eastern Michigan
|at Boston College
|at Middle Tennessee
|vs Middle Tennessee
|vs Boston College
|at Miami (Ohio)
|vs West Virginia
|vs North Texas
|at Kansas State
|vs Southeast Missouri State
|vs Central Arkansas
|vs Kansas State
|vs UT Martin
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