Missouri and Nebraska have met on the gridiron 104 times through a storied regional rivalry. But the former Big 12 league mates have not played since 2010 due to Missouri heading for the SEC in 2012 and Nebraska also changing leagues in a move to the Big Ten.
Is there a chance that the seven year drought in the rivalry could come to an end sometime in the near future?
There’s at least one major party involved that is in favor of reinstating the rivalry– Missouri coach Barry Odom.
In the hours after Nebraska named former Cornhuskers QB Scott Frost its next head coach, Missouri beat writer Dave Matter posted a video of a classic Nebraska-Missouri game from 20 years ago that featured both Frost and Odom as players on opposite sides of the rivalry. He posed the question about reviving the rivalry, and much to Twitter’s surprise, Odom was right there to offer an answer.
“I would love it!!” Odom wrote in response to Matter. “Respect to all… that was such a great game of two really good teams.”
I️ would love it!! Respect to all…that was such a great game of two really good teams.
— Barry Odom (@Coach_Odom) December 3, 2017
That may seem insignificant on the surface, but it is an important “first step” for those who are looking to get some momentum moving on these two teams meeting in non-conference play. It will be interesting to see if Frost receives a similar question about the rivalry during his first few days as head coach at Nebraska. If he gives a similar response, it then would be up to the athletic directors and university administrators to get something down.
In case you were wondering, Nebraska holds a 65-36-3 advantage in the series and won the last two meetings.