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20 Facts About Missouri

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20 Facts About Missouri

Now that it appears that the Tigers are headed to the SEC it is time for those of us in SEC Country to learn more about Missouri. Here are 20 facts about Mizzou that you need to know

1. Missouri is one of only 61 schools nationally that is a member of the AAU(Association of American Universities). Currently only 3 of the 13 SEC schools are members Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, and Florida.

2. Missouri brings two large TV markets with it. St. Louis(21) and Kansas City(30) are both within Missouri's borders. Currently the only SEC TV markets in the top 30 are Atlanta, Miami, Tampa, and Nashville. When you add A&M and Missouri to the SEC this more than doubles the number of markets in the top 30.

3. Since 2007 Missouri is 40-14 in football. This includes three top 20 finishes and a #4 ranking in the final 2007 poll. At one point in 2007 Missouri was ranked #1 nationally.

4. Missouri has won 3 of the last 4 Big XII North Division Championships

5. Missouri basketball has two elite 8 appearances since 2002.

6. Virginia Tech was a popular name brought up ahead of Missouri by many football fans to join the SEC. Did you know Missouri has 4 more bowl appearances than Virginia Tech and has finished ranked in the top 25 more than the Hokies?

7. 12 Missouri Tigers have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, 2 have been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame

8. Faurot Field has a capacity of 71,004. This ranks it ahead of the capacities at Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt. It is only about a 1,000 seats less than Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. The record crowd is 75,298 set in a 1980 game against Penn State. THe nickname for the stadium is simply "The Zou"

9. If you've ever watched a Missouri game on TV you will notice the giant "M" in the stadium's north endzone. This "M" is 90 feet wide and 95 feet high and made up of whitewashed rocks and has been there since 1927.

10. Missouri is often known as Mizzou. This leads to the cheer where oneside of the stadium yells M-I-Z and the other side Z-O-U.

11. Legendary Arkansas coach and AD Frank Broyles coached at Missouri for once season prior to taking over the Arkansas head coaching position. Also, former Vanderbilt coach Woody Widenhofer coached at Mizzou for 4 seasons. Current Arkansas basketball coach Mike Anderson was at Missouri prior to taking the Razorback job 6 months ago.

12. Missouri is 19-8-1 all time against SEC teams. This includes a very impressive 7-2 record against SEC teams in bowl games. Just recently Missouri beat South Carolina in the 2005 Independence Bowl and beat Arkansas in the 2008 Cotton Bowl.

13. There are now two Columbia's in the SEC as Columbia, MO is the home to Tiger Athletics. How far is Columbia, MO from your SEC school? Here are the answers
Fayetteville, AR 292 miles
Nashville, TN 433 miles
Oxford, MS 451 miles
Lexington, KY 461 miles
Starkeville, MS 541 miles
Tuscaloosa, AL 597 miles
Knoxville, TN 610 miles
Auburn, AL 714 miles
Baton Rouge, LA 728 miles
Athens, GA 736 miles
College Station, TX 759 miles
Columbia, SC 872 miles
Gainsville, FL 1014 miles

14. For those that think the SEC should only be made up of Confederate States, keep in mind that Missouri was a border state just like Kentucky

15.Missouri is known as the "Show Me State" The most common reason for this is from a quote from US Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver who stated at a Philadelphia naval banquet" I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me." Over the years it taken on the meaning that people from Missouri are stalwart, perhaps somewhat stubborn and with a dedication to common sense.

16. The University of Missouri was the first public university founded west of the Mississippi River in 1839.

17. As of 2010 Missouri had a total enrollment of 32,415 students

18. Missouri is the home to the "Homecoming" tradition in college athletics. In 1911 Missouri invited alumni to come home during the Kansas-Missouri game. Since then most every college, university, and high school has adopted some sort of homecoming ceremony.

19. Missouri's biggest rival is Kansas. This is the 2nd most played rivalry in college football with the two schools meeting 119 times since 1891. The series is 56-54-9 in Missouri's favor. The game has been played at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium since 2007, but for most of the 119 meetings it was an on campus series. The rivalry between Missouri and Kansas goes beyond athletics though. The rivalry really dates all the way back to the pre civil war days in an era known in the Kansas Territory as "Bleeding Kansas" when pro-slave and anti-slave often clashed on the Western Missouri front.

20. The 1960 Missouri Football team is listed on the record books as 11-0 and Big 8 Champs, but this team actually lost to Kansas in the final regular season game in 1960 23-7. Missouri was ranked #1 nationally entering this game, but Kansas had an ineligible player Ben Coan playing in the game. The Big 8 voted 5-3 in favor of Missouri to later give the Tigers an undefeated season. Unfortunately for Missouri the #1 ranking didn't hold as the AP ended the year voting the Tigers #5 in its final poll.

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