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 31 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 2016 season, Missouri's all-time record is 668–541–53 .550.
The team was coached by Gary Pinkel (2001–2015), who is the winning-est 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).
1892–1897: Western Interstate University Football Association
1907–1995: Big Eight Conference (MVIAA 1907–1964, unofficially called Big Six 1928–1947, Big Seven 1947–1957 and Big Eight 1957–1963)
1996–2011: Big 12 Conference
2012–present: Southeastern Conference
The Missouri Tigers have 15 conference championships and 5 conference division titles.
† Denotes co-champions
* 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.
† Denotes co-champion
Due to the lack of an NCAA-sanctioned Football Bowl Subdivision national championship, third parties including the Bowl Championship Series, Associated Press, United Press International, and USA Today have often crowned a champion following either the end of the regular season or following the bowl games for that season. The NCAA historically has not endorsed a specific system or champion, but lists several polls or mathematical selectors as "Consensus National Champions" in their NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Records guide.
The Tigers have been declared champions twice by non-consensus polls. Neither of these national championships are officially claimed by Missouri.
* The 1960 record was officially recorded as 10-1, but was later changed to 11-0 due to Kansas' subsequent forfeit.
Missouri has appeared in 31 bowl games, including 10 major bowl appearances: 4 Orange Bowls, 3 Cotton Bowls, 2 Sugar Bowls, and 1 Fiesta Bowl, with an all-time bowl record of 15-16.
Missouri's entire bowl history is shown in the table below.
11960 team lost to Kansas but was later awarded win by default due to an ineligible Kansas player, (Bert Coan).
Scout.com and Rivals.com National Recruiting Class Rankings for the Missouri Tigers since 2002:Amos Alonzo Stagg Award – For Contributions to Football
Don Faurot – 1964
Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award
Warren Powers – 1978
Mosi Tatupu Award – Best Special Teams Player
Brock Olivo – 1997
John Mackey Award - Best Tight End
Chase Coffman – 2008
Marcus Murphy, AP, 2014
Johnny Roland, #23
Roger Wehrli, #23
Brock Olivo, #27
Bob Steuber, #37
Darold Jenkins, #42
Paul Christman, #44
Kellen Winslow, #83
Tim Barnes – center for the Los Angeles Rams
Beau Brinkley – long snapper for the Tennessee Titans
Justin Britt – offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks
Chase Daniel – quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles
Kony Ealy – defensive end for the Carolina Panthers
Blaine Gabbert – quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers
Andrew Gachkar – linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys
E.J. Gaines – cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams
Zaviar Gooden – linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals
Russell Hansbrough - running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ziggy Hood – defensive lineman for the Washington Redskins
Jeremy Maclin – wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs
William Moore – defensive back Free Agent
Sheldon Richardson – defensive tackle for the New York Jets
Aldon Smith – linebacker for the Oakland Raiders
Jacquies Smith – defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sean Weatherspoon – linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons
Shane Ray – defensive end for the Denver Broncos
Mitch Morse – center for the Kansas City Chiefs
Dorial Green-Beckham – wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles dismissed from Missouri in 2013, practiced but never played for Oklahoma Sooners football
Markus Golden – defensive end for the Arizona Cardinals
Marcus Murphy – running back/return specialist for the New Orleans Saints
Bud Abell – former linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Danario Alexander – former wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers
Victor Bailey — former wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs
Brandon Barnes – former linebacker for the Washington Redskins
Ed Blaine – former offensive guard for the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles
Dwayne Blakley — former tight end for the Atlanta Falcons
Colin Brown – former offensive tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills
Hank Burnine – former end for the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles
Paul Christman — former quarterback for the Chicago Cardinals
Chase Coffman – former tight end for the Tennessee Titans
John Douglas – former linebacker for the New York Giants
Kip Edwards – former cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings
Michael Egnew – former tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Gerry Ellis – former running back for the Green Bay Packers
Atiyyah Ellison Carolina Panthers Houston Texans Baltimore Ravens San Francisco 49ers Jacksonville Jaguars Kansas City Chiefs New England PatriotsMike Fink – former defensive back for the New Orleans Saints
James Franklin former quarterback for the Detroit Lions
William Franklin (American football) – former wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions
Justin Gage – former wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans
Tony Galbreath – former running back for the New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Giants
Mel Gray – former wide receiver for the St. Louis Cardinals
Jim Harrison – former fullback for the Chicago Bears
Jerrell Jackson – former wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs
Demetrious Johnson (American football) – former defensive back for the Detroit Lions, and Miami Dolphins
Mike Jones – former linebacker for the L.A./Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, and Pittsburgh Steelers
Henry Josey – former running back for the Minnesota Vikings
Wes Kemp – former wide receiver for the New York Jets
Gary Lane – former quarterback for the Cleveland Browns
Leo Lewis – former wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings
Erik McMillan – former safety for the New York Jets
T. J. Moe – former wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams
Joe Moore – former running back for the Chicago Bears
Damien Nash — former running back for the Denver Broncos
Brock Olivo — former running back & special teams player, Detroit Lions
Gus Otto — former linebacker for the Oakland Raiders
Tony Palmer — former offensive guard for the Green Bay Packers
Francis Peay – former offensive tackle of the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, and the Kansas City Chiefs
Johnnie Poe — former cornerback for the New Orleans Saints
Tommy Reamon – former running back for the Kansas City Chiefs
Howard Richards – former offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys
Johnny Roland — former running back for the St. Louis Cardinals
Martin Rucker – former tight end for the Cleveland Browns
Andy Russell — former linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Kevin Rutland – former defensive back for the Kansas City Chiefs
Michael Sam – former defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys
Bud Sasser – former wide receiver for the St. Louis Rams
George Seals – former lineman for the Chicago Bears
Brad Smith – former quarterback/return specialist/wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles
Brian Smith — former linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Gordon Smith — former tight end for the Minnesota Vikings
Justin Smith – former defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers
Ray Smith — center
Jon Staggers – former wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers
Bruce Van Dyke – former offensive guard for the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Green Bay Packers
L'Damian Washington – former wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs
Russ Washington – former offensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers
Eric Waters – former tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Roger Wehrli — former cornerback for the St. Louis Cardinals — Pro Football Hall of Famer
Lorenzo Williams – former defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers
Kellen Winslow — former tight end for the San Diego Chargers — Pro Football Hall of Famer
James Wilder — former running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Eric Wright – former cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers
Missouri has 12 inductees into the College Football Hall of FameBill Roper, Coach (1951)
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)
Two Missouri players have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame:Kellen Winslow, Tight end (1995)
Roger Wehrli, Cornerback (2007)
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.Template:By dis deakkSee 1911 Kansas vs. Missouri football game
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.
Missouri plays Arkansas as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the West division among the other six schools.
Announced schedules as of December 17, 2015