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UPDATE: Missouri to play Iowa in Insight Bowl

Sunday, December 5, 2010 | 7:35 p.m. CST; updated 11:39 p.m. CST, Sunday, December 5, 2010
MU head football coach Gary Pinkel, right, discusses the Insight Bowl bid acceptance with senior associate athletics director for administration Mark Alnutt, left, on Sunday at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers will play against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Dec. 28 in Tempe, Ariz.

COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team announced Sunday that it has accepted a bid to play in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28 in Tempe, Ariz.

The Tigers will play the Big Ten's representative, the Iowa Hawkeyes, in Tempe. It will be the first game between Iowa and Missouri in 100 years.

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The Insight Bowl

Where:  Tempe, Ariz.

When: 9 p.m. Dec. 28

Venue: Sun Devil Stadium, 500 E. Veterans Way 

Capacity: 71,706

History:  1998 — Mizzou defeated West Virginia Mountaineers 34-31

City locations of interest: Four Peaks Brewery, Rula Bula and Nello's

Weather prediction: Between 39 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit

Ticket Information

When: 8 a.m. Dec. 6; available online Dec. 5 after bowl announcement

Where: Mizzou Arena Box Office, 1-800-CAT-PAWS, mutigers.com, seatexchange.com

Tour Information

What: Official Mizzou Bowl Tour

Who: Mizzou Alumni Association

Packages: traditional tour, economy trip

Site Events: spirit rally, official tailgate

Packages will be available for purchase immediately following the announcement. Prices listed at www.mizzou.com/bowlcentral.


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Before Iowa and Missouri suspended their series, Missouri had a 7-5 record against the Hawkeyes between 1892 and 1910.

Missouri had arranged a four game series with Iowa to be played between 2004 and 2007, but Missouri backed out of that series before it could start.

"I would say that was a smart decision," Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said.

The Tigers have played in the Insight Bowl once before. In 1998, Missouri, led by three rushing touchdowns by quarterback Corby Jones, beat Marc Bulger and West Virginia 34-31. 

The Insight Bowl has a per-team payout of $3.325 million, but that money will go to the Big 12 Conference, where the revenue will be split amongst the teams. Even so, Missouri should receive a marginally larger share from the conference at the end of the year by virtue of being the fourth team chosen for a bowl from the conference.

This is the sixth consecutive season that Missouri has played in a bowl, the longest such streak in the football program's history. Pinkel said that he was excited the season again ended on a high note.

"It's real important to me and my players to have a good time, but what's more important is to win the football game," Pinkel said.

Last season the Insight Bowl selected Iowa State over Missouri because of attendance concerns, but Pinkel refused to comment on the slight, calling the bowl and the committee "first class."

The Insight Bowl will be televised on ESPN at 9 p.m. on Dec. 28.


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Ellis Smith December 6, 2010 | 5:53 a.m.

It's probably a coincidence, but the look on Mark Alnutt's face seems to say it all. :)

If not literally, Missouri's going to this bowl against Iowa is a "no win" situation figuratively. Who pushed for bringing Nebraska, not Missouri, into the Big Ten conference? Only a Missouri blowout of Iowa in this bowl game would salvage respect. Ask Wisconsin and Ohio State how easy it is to "blow out" Iowa.

Did Machiavelli arrange the December 28th match? If so, Machiavelli is a very funny fellow.

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