Missouri beat Kansas 24-10 on Saturday in what could be the final football game between the two rival schools. The win gave Missouri a 7-5 season record.
The end of a rivalry?
With Missouri leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference next season, fans of Missouri and Kansas knew that Saturday's game could be the final Border Showdown, at least for the foreseeable future.
Although Missouri officials and coaches have expressed interest in continuing the rivalry, Kansas officials and coaches have not shown the same interest.
"I think the rivalry for Kansas and Missouri would be something that belongs in the Big 12 conference," former Kansas coach Turner Gill said. Gill was fired Sunday after two losing seasons at Kansas.
There are plenty of schools across the country that play out-of-conference rivalry games on a yearly basis. Several SEC schools play out-of-conference rivalry games every season, with some routinely playing those games in late November. South Carolina, Georgia and Florida all played nonconference rivalry games Saturday.
Third straight win for Missouri
In front of a small crowd, Missouri rallied from a slow start to beat Kansas 24-10 in its final regular season game Saturday.
Missouri played poorly in the first half, falling behind 10-0 before quarterback James Franklin got the offense going.
Coming into the game, there was a dispute as to which team led the all-time series between the two rivals. Missouri claimed to lead the series by one game; Kansas claimed that it was tied. However, it's indisputable that Missouri now leads the all-time series (either by one game or two).
The win was the third straight for Missouri, which will go to a bowl game this winter with a 7-5 record.
Up next: bowl season
Depending on how some games next weekend shake out, Missouri might be headed to a bowl that does not usually include Big 12 teams.
Possible bowl destinations for the Tigers include Houston (Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas), New York (New Era Pinstripe Bowl), San Francisco (Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl) and Dallas (TicketCity Bowl), among others.