Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

SEC Announces 2012 Football Conference Schedule

Tigers Will Host Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Vanderbilt at Faurot

Columbia, Mo. – The University of Missouri will begin athletic competition in the Southeastern Conference in 2012, and today the Mizzou Football program, fresh off its 41-24 win over North Carolina in the 2011 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, learned its schedule for the upcoming historic first year in its new conference home.  The SEC league office released the conference schedule today, and it shows in 2012 the Tigers will play host to Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Vanderbilt, while they’ll venture on the road to take on Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M. 

Mizzou’s historic first game as a member of the celebrated league will come early in the season, as defending SEC East Division champion Georgia will make its first-ever appearance at Faurot Field on Sept. 8th.  The schools will meet for only the second time in history, as Georgia claimed a 14-0 win in the 1960 Orange Bowl in the only previous meeting.  After a Sept. 15th non-conference home game against Arizona State, the Tigers will play their first-ever SEC road game Sept. 22nd at South Carolina.  The Tigers are 2-0 alltime against the Gamecocks, with both previous meetings coming in bowl games (1979 Hall of Fame, 2005 Independence).

The month of October will feature three SEC home games for the Columbia, Mo. community, as Vanderbilt (Oct. 6th), Alabama (Oct. 13th) and Kentucky (Oct. 27th) will all play at Faurot Field.  Vanderbilt has played in Columbia three times before, but not since 1958, when the Commodores claimed a 12-8 win over MU Coach Dan Devine in his first game ever on the Tiger sideline.  Mizzou leads the series with Alabama by a 2-1 margin, and the Crimson Tide last visited Columbia in 1978, when they came away with a 38-20 win in a season which ended with their national championship under legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.  Kentucky, who has won two of three games alltime with Mizzou, will be making its first trip to Columbia since 1965, when the Wildcats won via a 7-0 shutout.

The month of November provides a stark contrast to October, as the Tigers will play solely on the road in SEC action.  The tough slate of road games begins with a Nov. 3rd test at Florida.  Mizzou has won the only previous meeting between the schools, as it claimed a 20-18 win in the 1966 Sugar Bowl over then-quarterback and current South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier.  The next week will see the Tigers venture into 102,455-seat Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., where they will face the Tennessee Volunteers for the first time in program history.

November closes with a game at Texas A&M on Nov. 24th.  Mizzou and the Aggies are joining the SEC together in 2012, and in a scheduling oddity, they will square off for the third-straight season in College Station.  The Tigers have managed wins at venerable Kyle Field each of the last two years, winning 30-9 in 2010 and 38-31 in overtime in 2011.  Mizzou has won five of its last six games overall with A&M, dating back to 2002, while the Aggies hold a 7-5 overall edge in the series.

Here’s a look at the 2012 Mizzou Football schedule, with three non-conference dates yet to be determined (to be slotted into four currently-open dates of Sept. 1st, Sept. 29th, Oct. 20th and Nov. 17th):

 

Date                           Opponent                              Site                                         Series History (Last Meeting)

Sept. 1                        Open

Sept. 8                       GEORGIA                              Columbia, Mo.                      UGA leads, 1-0 (1960)

Sept. 15                     ARIZONA STATE                 Columbia, Mo.                      Tied, 3-3 (2011)

Sept. 22                      at South Carolina                   Columbia, S.C.                       MU leads, 2-0 (2005)

Sept. 29                      Open

Oct. 6                         VANDERBILT                        Columbia, Mo.                      MU leads, 2-1-1 (1958)

Oct. 13                       ALABAMA                             Columbia, Mo.                      MU leads, 2-1 (1978)

Oct. 20                       Open

Oct. 27                       KENTUCKY                           Columbia, Mo.                      UK leads, 2-1 (1968)

Nov. 3                         at Florida                                Gainesville, Fla.                     MU leads, 1-0 (1966)

Nov. 10                       at Tennessee                          Knoxville, Tenn.                     No previous meetings

Nov. 17                       Open

Nov. 24                       at Texas A&M                        College Station, Texas          A&M leads, 7-5 (2011)

“It’s good to see the schedule lined out on paper,” said Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel, whose program is one of only eight nationally to have won at least eight games each year for the past six seasons.  “Even though we just finished our season, this gets everyone excited to start preparing for the move.  We’re very pleased and honored to be joining such a successful and historically significant conference, and our program is looking forward to the challenges that we’ll face,” Pinkel said.

Season ticket information for the 2012 season has not yet been finalized.  Fans who would like to receive information on how to donate to the Tiger Scholarship Fund and become eligible to purchase next year’s season tickets, can click on the link below to register for more information: http://www.mutigers.com/genrel/12-master-request.html or visit the Tiger Scholarship Fund at tsf-mizzou.com to learn about priority football seating. The only way to guarantee a seat at the home football contests is to purchase season tickets.

There is no timetable on when the remaining non-conference games will be finalized, and details will be released when available.  For a look at the league-wide 2012 SEC conference schedules, please visit the online home of the SEC at www.secdigitalnetwork.com.

2011 Mizzou Football Highlights

Monday, December 26, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Day in the Life of Andrew Jones

Missouri Student-Athlete Andrew Jones graduated, practiced for the Independence Bowl, and made his first points for the Mizzou Basketball Team all in one weekend.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

All-Big 12 Announced

AP All-Big 12 Teams

1st Team

Michael Egnew

E.J. Gaines

Dominique Hamilton

Henry Josey

2nd Team

Austin Wuebbels

Jacquies Smith

Luke Lambert

Trey Barrow

Honorable Mention

Andrew Wilson

Coaches' All-Big 12 Teams

1st Team

·         Henry Josey

·         Michael Egnew

2nd Team

·         Jacquies Smith

·         E.J. Gaines

·         Trey Barrow 

Honorable Mention

·         Dominique Hamilton

·         Dan Hoch

·         Kenji Jackson

·         Luke Lambert

·         T.J. Moe

·         Jayson Palmgren

·         Sheldon Richardson

·         Braylon Webb

·         Austin Wuebbels

Mizzou Spirit Spotlight

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tigers in the NFL

Mizzou's Aldon Smith making plays for the San Francisco 49ers.

KOMU's Top Ten Plays

Monday, December 5, 2011

Independence Bowl: Mizzou vs. UNC

Mizzou Fans can purchase tickets here to cheer on the Tigers in their seventh consecutive bowl game.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Behind the Scenes Border Showdown

Watch Tigers in the NFL

Danario Alexander, Aldon Smith, Justin Smith - St. Louis Rams @ San Francisco 49ers: 3:15, FOX

Colin Brown and Brad Smith - Buffalo Bills vs. Tennessee Titans: 12:00, CBS

Chase Daniel - New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions : 7:20, NBC

Blaine Gabbert, Kevin Rutland, C.J. Mosley, Andrew Gachkar - Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers: Monday, 7:30, ESPN

Ziggy Hood - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals: 12:00, CBS

Sean Weatherspoon - Atlanta Falcons @ Houston Texans: 12:00, FOX