Illinois, Mizzou will resume rivalry in 2026

Illinois to honor Dick Butkus with statue at new football center

Missouri and IL have always been good about renewing a rivalry that dates back about 120 years, and they're making sure they don't go too much longer without meeting again on the gridiron.

The teams have met 24 times in the past, most recently in 2010 in St. Louis.

IL announced a home-and-home football series against Missouri from 2026-29.

The two schools have arranged to play over a four-year stretch from 2026-29 in two pairs of home-and-home contests. The statue will overlook the entrance to a football performance center that's expected to be completed in time for the 2019 season. The Tigers other 2020 non-conference games include home contests with Central Arkansas (Sept. 5) and Eastern Michigan (Sept. 26), in addition to a November 7 game at BYU. 18, 2027 and in the fourth game of the agreement on Sep. "As our football program advances, it is important that we build our nonconference schedule accordingly". Missouri has not scheduled any other games past the 2025 season.

IL athletic director Josh Whitman says playing a Southeastern Conference opponent and geographic rival "will be exciting for our players, coaches and fans". Mizzou has won seven of the last eight meetings between the teams, including a 23-13 Tigers victory the last time the teams played, on September 4, 2010 in St. Louis. The Tigers won all seven of those matchups and Missouri leads the all-time series 17-7.

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