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.
The Insight Bowl
Where: Tempe, Ariz.
When: 9 p.m. Dec. 28
Venue: Sun Devil Stadium, 500 E. Veterans Way
History: 1998 — Mizzou defeated West Virginia Mountaineers 34-31
Weather prediction: Between 39 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit
When: 8 a.m. Dec. 6; available online Dec. 5 after bowl announcement
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.
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.