Bring on the SEC: Purdue to face Mizzou in 2017, 2018

Bring on the SEC: Purdue to face Mizzou in 2017, 2018
July 9, 2014, 11:00 am
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Vinnie Duber

For being constantly compared off the field, the Big Ten and SEC don't see much of each other on the field.

That will change a little a few years down the road, as Purdue announced Wednesday a home-and-home series with the Missouri Tigers for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The Boilermakers will head to Mizzou in 2017, and the Tigers will come to West Lafayette in 2018. Missouri was the SEC runner up a season ago.

It's a ways away, so no need to start planning your schedule around the games quite yet, but any time a Big Ten team and an SEC team get together, it's news. Missouri was the only SEC opponent on a Big Ten schedule last season and will be one of two in 2014, with both games for the Tigers coming against Indiana. The Tigers seem to have a fondness for playing Big Ten teams from the Hoosier State.

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Purdue and Mizzou have played eight times before, though they haven't faced one another since the 1980 Liberty Bowl. The Boilermakers are 6-2 against the Tigers all time. The teams haven't met in the regular season since 1956, and two of the all-time meetings came in St. Louis in 1895 and 1904. What those two games must have looked like is anyone's guess.

The Boilermakers are part of a slowly growing trend among Big Ten teams in scheduling opponents from the conference they're most frequently compared to. It's still not a very frequent thing, but Purdue's future series with Missouri goes hand in hand with Michigan's series against Arkansas (and a 2017 showdown with Florida), Nebraska's series with Tennessee and Wisconsin's series against LSU, not to mention future games between Penn State and LSU and Wisconsin and Alabama.

As the SEC continues to pile up titles and title-game appearances, perhaps the Big Ten can do some winning head-to-head during the regular season.