About The Rivalry
Kansas-Missouri is the second oldest rivalry in the country, trailing
only Minnesota-Wisconsin which has been played 117 times while
the Jayhawks and Tigers have faced off 115 times. But never have
the two played with so much on the line in Saturday night's contest
at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. This will mark the 22nd time
the game has been played in Kansas City. The Jayhawks lead the
all-time series, 54-52-9. The last six years, the teams have split.
No one would have believed before the season began that this game could potentially decide who will play for the national championship, but that's the carrot out there for the Jayhawks and Tigers. The winner wins the Big 12 North Division and would likely control their own destiny in the national championship race, only needing a victory in the Big 12 title game to secure a spot in New Orleans. Neither Kansas or Missouri have won the North Division since the league was formed in 1996.
The two to watch in this game are the quarterbacks. Kansas' Todd Reesing and Missouri's Chase Daniel are not only two of the best in the Big 12, but also the country and happen to be Heisman Trophy candidates. And as if they already didn't have enough in common, both happen to be two of the shortest signal callers in the country -- Reesing's listed at 5-foot-10 while Daniel comes in at 6-foot. Jeremy Maclin, Missouri's do-it-all freshman, is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
Well, considering the first game between these two dates back to the end of the 19th century, take your pick. Missouri claims the 1911 meeting in Columbia was the world's first Homecoming game. In the 1960 game, Kansas was the winner, but later forfeited the victory because they used an ineligible player. Kansas counts the game as a win. Missouri and the NCAA do not.