COLUMBIA — Missouri’s football team will be visiting a familiar venue in 2014.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
The Tigers released their 2014 football schedule on Wednesday, and for the fourth time in five years, they will be heading to Texas A&M. The Tigers, who face the Aggies on Nov. 15, are 2-1 in their last three games at Kyle Field, including a 59-29 loss last November.
Another notable matchup is Missouri’s home showdown against Arkansas on Thanksgiving weekend. The Razorbacks have traditionally played LSU that weekend since they joined the Southeastern Conference in 1992, but it appears their recent pairing with Missouri as cross-division rivals has brought that tradition to an end.
Missouri originally said the game would be played on Friday, Nov. 28, which would have been the Tigers’ first non-Saturday Thanksgiving weekend game since 1954. But Southeastern Conference spokesman Chuck Dunlap clarified that the game is actually scheduled to take place Saturday, Nov. 29, and Missouri spokesman Chad Moller later confirmed, saying there was some “miscommunication regarding the date.”
There’s still a chance Missouri could play on that Friday, however. The SEC currently has three other games scheduled for that Saturday, including Auburn-Alabama, Mississippi State-Ole Miss and Tennessee-Vanderbilt, and one of the four will be moved up to Friday to accomodate CBS, which used to show LSU-Arkansas in that day-after-Thanksgiving time slot.
Moller said the MU-Arkansas game is "being considered for TV for Friday,” per the league office, “but no change” has been made “yet.”
Regardless, Arkansas’ visit will be the Razorbacks’ first to Missouri since 1906. The last time the two sides met, the Tigers picked up a 38-7 victory in the 2008 Cotton Bowl. Missouri is 3-2 all-time against Arkansas.
In the non-conference portion of the schedule, Missouri will open its season at home against South Dakota State on Aug. 30, followed by a road game against Toledo on Sept. 6. Missouri will then host Central Florida and Indiana on the following Saturdays before beginning SEC play with a road game at South Carolina.
Missouri’s 2014 football schedule
|Date||Opponent||2012 record||All-time record vs. Missouri|
|Aug. 30||SOUTH DAKOTA STATE||9-4||None|
|Sept. 6||at Toledo||9-4||None|
|Sept. 13||CENTRAL FLORIDA||10-4||0-1|
|Sept. 27||at South Carolina||11-2||1-2|
|Oct. 18||at Florida||11-2||1-1|
|Nov. 15||at Texas A&M||11-2||8-5|
|Nov. 22||at Tennessee||5-7||0-1|