Feb. 12, 2010
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri has added two opponents to its future football schedules, as announced today by Senior Associate Director of Athletics Mark Alnutt. The University has agreed in principle to multi-game series with Arizona State University and the University of Memphis to be future Tiger foes.
The series with Arizona State is a two-year deal that will feature games in Tempe, Ariz., in 2011 and in Columbia, Mo., in 2012. The Tigers and Sun Devils have met five times previously, with Mizzou holding a 3-2 edge in the series. The last time they played was a home-and-home exchange in 1989 and 1990, when ASU claimed a 19-3 win in Tempe the first year, followed by a Mizzou 30-9 win in Columbia the next.
"We are very pleased to be able to work out an agreement with programs the caliber of Arizona State and Memphis," Alnutt said. "We feel like these are very attractive series not only for our football program, but for our fans - we have a great alumni base in Arizona and the region, and Memphis is an easy trip to make from the state of Missouri. We look forward to bringing a great following of Tiger fans to both Tempe and Memphis, and anticipate nice followings from both of those schools when we host them in Columbia," Alnutt said.
Mizzou and Memphis will also be playing a home-and-home series, with the games set for Sept. 5, 2015 in Memphis, Tenn., followed by a return game in Columbia on Sept. 3, 2016. Mizzou holds a 2-1 lead over Memphis in the brief series history, with the teams alternating wins in 1991 (Mizzou won 31-21 in Columbia), 1996 (Memphis won 19-16 in Columbia) and 1999 (Mizzou won 27-17 in Memphis).
In addition to the above, Alnutt has closed up the 2013 non-conference schedule by adding Murray State and Kent State to the calendar. Murray State will open the 2013 season at Faurot Field on Aug. 31 of that year, followed by home games against Toledo (Sept. 7) and Kent State (Sept. 14), followed by a road game at Indiana (Sept. 21). Incidentally, Toledo is where Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel
served for 10 seasons as head coach prior to coming to Mizzou for the 2001 season. Additionally, Kent State is where Pinkel played football and earned his degree from, playing for the legendary Don James.
The 2011 non-conference slate now consists of the Arizona State road game (Sept. 10) and a home matchup with Western Illinois (Sept. 24), with two more games to be finalized. In 2012, one more date is to be determined (Sept. 1), with other non-conference home games set against Southern Illinois (Sept. 8) and Arizona State (Sept. 15), followed by a road game at Miami, Ohio (Sept. 22).
Mizzou's full 2010 schedule consists of: Sept. 4 vs. Illinois (in St. Louis, Mo.), followed by four home games in a row, over a five-week period, including Sept. 11 vs. McNeese State, Sept. 18 vs. San Diego State, Sept. 25 vs. Miami, Ohio and Oct. 9 vs. Colorado in the Big 12 opener. The Tigers will play at Texas A&M on Oct. 16, followed by a home game on Oct. 23 against Oklahoma, which will serve as 2010 Homecoming at Ol' Mizzou. The Tigers will then close the season by playing four of five games away from home, including games at Nebraska (Oct. 30) and Texas Tech (Nov. 6), followed by the home finale against Kansas State (Nov. 13), a road game at Iowa State (Nov. 20) and the annual Mizzou-Kansas Border Showdown in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium, to be played on either Nov. 26 or 27.