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The Myth of Missouri Football

I've been to the message boards, some opinions are worse than others, but the overwhelming belief amongst Missouri fans can be stated in one sign held up at the MU vs. KU game at arrowhead last year.  "Kansas Football a Tradition since September."  I'm not here to argue Kansas has a rich football tradition or that we've been a devoted fan base for years, but can Missouri really make these claims?  Isn't this a case of the pot calling the kettle black?  We know tradition at Kansas, we've been fanatical about a team for years, our basketball team, but are we wrong to be encouraged and optimistic about our football team just because we don't have a rich history like a Texas or Oklahoma.  The answer is no and Missouri fans can do the same, but the belief Missouri has a long and rich football history is a myth and here's why...

For the sake of argument let’s look at the last 30 years.  This is not an arbitrary number, but a timeframe given to me by a Missouri fan.  He rightfully claimed that in the last 30 years Missouri has been to 11 Bowls matching Kansas' entire bowl history.  OK, Fair enough let's analyze those years.  Since they brought it up let's talk Bowls.  Advantage Missouri no doubt, but is 11 bowls vs. our 6 in 30 years really a statement of football dominance.  Interesting too if you look at win percentage,  in those bowls Kansas was the better program in terms of winning once they got there, not that either one should be bragging too much here.  Based on the insults toward our fledgling football program I would also have to assume that Missouri's overall win loss record the last 30 years must be tremendous compared to the lowly Jayhawks. Wrong, over the past 30 years, based on both teams’ media guides Missouri has a record of 159-185-7 while Kansas has a record of 142-194-8.  Hardly a major difference, you’re talking about a half a game a year difference in record and someone would have to convince me this makes one team tradition rich and the other a never was. 

Don't tell me I think I've got this one figured out the perception must be the due to head to head record.  Maybe Missouri has dominated us head to head over the years.  Funny because I know this isn't true and the record proves it from 78-08 head to head record is 15-15 dead even.  Furthermore the all time record has been well documented for its parity.  How can this be? we are a flash in the pan, a tradition since September and Missouri is a football power with years of tradition, aren’t they?

Too be honest I think Missouri has a great team this year and has as good a shot as any at winning it, but the perception that they possess a far superior tradition to Kansas simply isn't true.  These teams are both new on the scene and I'll admit we may be a tradition since September 07' but Missouri might be only slightly better being a tradition since September 06'.  See you in November...

 

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