Border War Returns: Kansas Football Announces Renewed Series With Missouri


Courtesy of Kansas Athletics

LAWRENCE, Kan. – One of college football’s oldest rivalries will be renewed as Kansas and Missouri have agreed to a four-game series beginning in 2025. The Border Showdown rivalry is currently the fourth-longest in the FBS, dating back to 1891.

“This agreement renews one of college football’s most historic rivalries and we believe Jayhawk fans will enjoy the competition,” said Director of Athletics Jeff Long. “This will be a great experience for our students, student-athletes and fans to have the Border Showdown games on campus, and look forward to seeing that excitement at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.”

The Jayhawks and Tigers will renew their rivalry on September 6, 2025 in Columbia, Missouri in the team’s first meeting since 2011.

Future Series Dates and Location:

  • Sept 6, 2025 at Missouri – Columbia
  • Sept 12, 2026 vs. Missouri – Lawrence
  • Sept 6, 2031 at Missouri – Columbia
  • Sept 11, 2032 vs. Missouri – Lawrence

“This is a tremendous opportunity to reignite one of college football’s oldest rivalries,” said Head Coach Les Miles. “Anytime you bring two football teams on the field with that history, I think it will excite our student-athletes and fans, and will certainly be a great battle on the field.”

In the last meeting between the two teams in 2011, the series was the second-most played rivalry in Division I history, with 120 games being played over the span of 122 years. Missouri holds a slight series advantage at 56-55-9.

The teams first met on October 31, 1891, with Kansas claiming a 22-10 victory. Kansas and Missouri met on the field 93 years in a row, from 1919 to 2011.

In the last meeting of the Border Showdown on November 26, 2011, Missouri defeated Kansas, 24-10, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. In their time playing at Arrowhead, the Jayhawks hold the series advantage, 13-10-3, while the Tigers hold the advantage in Columbia, 30-15-3, and Kansas with the series edge in Lawrence, 26-16-3.

The 2008 version of the Border Showdown will be aired on Spectrum Sports and KU Athletics Facebook live on Saturday, May 2 at 12:00 p.m. CT. Additional listings are available here.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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