School soccer realignment killed some nice rivalries. Thankfully, the Border Struggle between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Missouri Tigers returns in 2025.
A rivalry killed by convention realignment is being introduced again to life.
Within the early 2010s, realignment massively modified the school athletics panorama. The Huge East punted on soccer, whereas 4 main conferences expanded, culminating within the Energy 5’s formation.
Whereas the ACC, Huge Ten, Pac-12 and SEC all gained groups, the opposite Energy 5 convention, the Huge 12, dwindled right down to 10 groups, shedding 4 universities however gaining two new member establishments: Texas Christian College and West Virginia College.
This resulted in lots of long-standing school soccer rivalries firmly going to the wayside for good. The Nebraska Cornhuskers not play the Oklahoma Sooners with Huge Purple going to the Huge Ten. The Yard Brawl between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the West Virginia Mountaineers light with Pitt going to the ACC and WVU becoming a member of the Huge 12.
After which there’s the Border Struggle…
One rivalry that died again in 2012 was the Border Struggle between the Kansas Jayhawks and the Missouri Tigers. These bitter rivals used to go at it in all issues athletically within the Huge 12. The Higher Kansas Metropolis space was the epicenter of this collegiate animosity. With Mizzou becoming a member of the SEC together with Texas A&M in 2012, we thought the Border Struggle was by no means coming again, till now.
When does The Border Struggle between Kansas and Missouri return?
On Saturday morning, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported: “Missouri, Kansas will renew rivalry for first time since Mizzou left Huge 12 for SEC; MU-KU will play 2025 & 2031 at Missouri, 2026 & 2032 at Kansas.”
Border Struggle (KU vs. Mizzou) Upcoming Dates
- 2025: Faurot Discipline (Columbia, MO)
- 2026: David Sales space Kansas Memorial Stadium (Lawrence, KS)
- 2031: Faurot Discipline (Columbia, MO)
- 2032: David Sales space Kansas Memorial Stadium (Lawrence, KS)
Although it is not going to be held at neutral-site Kansas Metropolis, we needs to be past ecstatic this rivalry is returning on the gridiron within the coming years with a pair of home-and-home dates in 2025-26 and 2031-32. Rivalries are why school soccer is so in style. To not have the Jayhawks and the Tigers play as soon as each fall is so fallacious. No less than this can be a big leap in the appropriate route.
Although including it as a yearly non-conference affair like a lot of Missouri’s SEC East counterparts have with in-state rivals within the ACC, this must do for now. Whereas neither program is the place they had been within the late 2000s when Gary Pinkel’s Tigers would battle Mark Mangino’s Jayhawks for Huge 12 North supremacy, let’s hope Eliah Drinkwitz and/or Les Miles get this factor rotated.
Once more, no convention’s rivalries had been extra negatively affected by realignment than the Huge 12. Shedding Nebraska to the Huge Ten, Colorado to the Pac-12 and Missouri and Texas A&M to the SEC dismantled some super rivalries courting again to the previous Huge Eight and Southwest Convention days. Nonetheless, all 10 Huge 12 groups enjoying all 9 member establishments yearly has helped.
In the end, rivalries emerge when two groups are enjoying effectively and need to defeat the opposite to realize higher success. The Border Struggle might by no means be what it was, however Saturday was an amazing day for school sports activities. One of many best rivalries we’ve ever seen will returning, giving school soccer followers a style of what made previous Huge Eight and Huge 12 soccer so very particular.
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