The Tigers and Bears, who play this weekend in Waco, Texas, are two perfect examples of the up-and-down seasons most Big 12 schools are having in 2011.
Off the field, Missouri quarterback James Franklin couldn't be a nicer guy. On the field, he bounces off opponents and leaves them as often as they bring him down. "Just because I'm nice, I'm not going to let them destroy me," he said.
The Missouri women's basketball team beat Truman State 82-54 Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena in its exhibition opener.
The celebration on the sideline after Saturday's victory over the Aggies mirrored that of a big bowl victory, not a midseason game.
The 6-foot-9-inch power forward is opting out of his previous verbal commitment to Missouri because of the NCAA's unresolved investigation of Missouri coach Frank Haith.
Missouri traveled to Joplin on Sunday to take on Missouri Southern State University in the One State, One Spirit Classic, but it was about much more than a basketball game. The game itself raised nearly $100,000 to benefit the tornado relief efforts in the area, and the spirit and resiliency of the community was praised.
After trailing by 11 points at halftime, Missouri (4-4) pulled ahead and beat then-No. 16 Texas A&M (5-3) in overtime on Saturday in College Station, Texas.
Fans of Missouri and Missouri Southern State University gathered to support the Joplin tornado survivors and the rebuilding of a community devastated by a natural disaster.
Gov. Jay Nixon spoke in the locker rooms before the game and was among the 3,477 people in the record crowd. The Classic raised at least $375,000 for United Way's Joplin tornado relief efforts.
The former walk-on turned the game around with a fourth-quarter interception.
The Tigers came into the game 3-4 while the Aggies are ranked No. 16. Missouri went on to upset Texas A&M 38-31 in overtime.
The Missouri men's basketball team will play against Missouri Southern on Sunday to benefit tornado relief in Joplin.
The Missouri men's basketball team will start its season Sunday in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center in Joplin. The building holds memories of destruction, recovery and healing.
Texas A&M fans did not hold their tongues Saturday morning before the Aggies' football game against Missouri. Discussing their loyalties to the Aggies, the move to the Southeastern Conference and their hatred for the University of Texas, they were adamant and proud.
Mizzou Arena was full of smiles Friday night as the Missouri women's basketball team hosted a clinic for Special Olympics groups from across the state.
Backing up an All-American like Michael Egnew might mean limited opportunities for sophomore Eric Waters. But when he got on the field Saturday, he made the most of his opportunity.
Missouri held No. 16 Texas A&M to three second-half points and came alive on offense to win 38-31 in overtime Saturday at Kyle Field.
The Aggies jumped ahead on consecutive second-quarter touchdown drives.
Behind a receiver-turned-quarterback, Texas A&M is a much better team than the one that lost when Missouri went to College Station last season.
Using what it calls a crowd noise simulation system, the Missouri football staff desensitizes its offense to hostile away game environments. Projected over high-quality speakers, the noise matches and can exceed decibel levels in which the offense will have to perform.