University of Missouri

Mizzou, Boston College announce two-game football series

Boston College tight end Tommy Sweeney dragged Buffalo defense players after a reception during a game earlier this month.
Boston College tight end Tommy Sweeney dragged Buffalo defense players after a reception during a game earlier this month. The Associated Press

Missouri football added Boston College to its future schedules, announcing a home-and-home series Tuesday for the 2021 and 2024 seasons.

The Tigers and Eagles are slated to meet for the first time in history on Sept. 25, 2021, in Chestnut Hill, Mass., with the return game in Columbia scheduled for Sept. 14, 2024.

“We’re pleased to announce this series,” Mizzou executive associate athletic director Bryan Maggard, who is in charge of scheduling football, said in a release. “Boston College is certainly a quality program with good name recognition so we feel this is an attractive matchup for our fans. It also gets us into an area in the Northeast where we don’t often get to, and we certainly have a lot of Mizzou alumni in that region who will have the chance to see their Tigers in person.”

The meeting will be the Tigers’ first regular-season game against a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference since a 62-9 loss at Clemson during the 2000 season.

Mizzou knocked off North Carolina 41-24 in the 2011 Independence Bowl and lost a year later to Syracuse, which was still a member of the Big East at the time.

The Tigers now have two unfilled games remaining on the 2021 schedule, which includes an Oct. 16 home game against North Texas.

MU’s matchup with Boston College is the first nonconference game announced for the 2024 season.

“I’m excited to have this added to our schedule,” first-year Mizzou coach Barry Odom said in a statement. “It will be a great experience for our program down the road. We appreciate everyone coming together to make this happen.”

Scheduling the series with Boston College means the Tigers have met the Southeastern Conference requirement that each member play at least one Power Five program or an approved independent, such as Notre Dame, for all but two seasons — 2022 and 2023 — until the 2024 season.

Missouri, which is 7-11 all-time against current ACC membership, plays home and away with Purdue in 2017 and 2018, is host to West Virginia in 2019 and plays at an approved school in BYU in 2020.

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

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