A former Big 12 conference matchup will be renewed on Dec. 27 when Missouri faces Texas in the Texas Bowl at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Missouri and Texas have not faced each other on the gridiron since 2011 — the Tigers’ final season in the conference before departing for the SEC.
But the matchup on the field won’t be the only rivalry present.
Missouri’s coaching staff consists of several former Oklahoma players — offensive analyst Jon Cooper and tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley among them. The chance to coach against a heated rival could increase the stakes when the Longhorns and Tigers take the field.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Dave Matter, Missouri head coach Barry Odom said his ex-Oklahoma players on staff relish the opportunity to face Texas “every minute of the day.”
Does Barry Odom sense the former Sooners on his staff relish playing a bowl game against Texas? "Every minute of the day. It’s awesome."
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) December 16, 2017
You’ve been warned. Don’t be shocked if the Tigers come out playing in Houston with an extra chip on their shoulders.
The Texas Bowl will kick-off at 8 p.m. CT and will air on ESPN. Texas has not played in a bowl game since the 2014 season.
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