COLUMBIA — After renewing their storied basketball rivalry in October, Missouri and Kansas are drawing nearer to bringing back the football rivalry that peaked in 2007, when the No. 3 Tigers beat the No. 2 Jayhawks 36-28 to win the Big 12 North and take the No. 1 spot in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
The two schools signed a six-year basketball deal in October that will see the two teams face off Dec. 12 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, alternating between Lawrence and Columbia for two home games each, and conclude Dec. 13, 2025, back at the Sprint Center.
In a Thursday email to athletic department donors later confirmed on the Missouri athletics website, Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk told boosters: "In addition (to the basketball series), the institutions are expected to resume playing in other sports as future schedules allow and a four-game football series is being contracted as of this writing."
The two teams have not played in football since Nov. 26, 2011, a 24-10 Missouri win before the Tigers left the Big 12 Conference for the Southeastern Conference. Missouri won its last three meetings between the two teams and holds a 57-54-9 advantage in the series.
Details about the location — the last five games of the series were moved from campus sites to Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City — are unclear.
The Tigers have four non-conference opponents scheduled through the 2025 season, including a home-and-home with Kansas State in 2022 and '23 and Boston College in 2021 and '23, though the program could also buy out games like Southeast Missouri (2021 and '23) or UMass (2024 and '25) to make room.
Missouri also has Power Five non-conference home-and-home games scheduled with Colorado (2025 and '30) and Illinois (2026-29).
The Jayhawks, who play a nine-game conference schedule in the Big 12, have three non-conference games scheduled through 2021, including Power 5 opponents Boston College this season and Duke in 2021 and '22. Kansas also has home-and-home games with Illinois in 2023 and '24 and Washington State in 2027 and '28.