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Saturday, July 12, 2008

2008 Football Preview: Week 1 vs. Missouri

2008 Illini Football: Week 1
State Farm "Arch Rivalry" Game

Location: Edward Jones Dome (66,000), St. Louis Missouri
Gametime: 7:30 PM CT
Television: ESPN
Game Type: Year 2 of a 4 year contract to play in St. Louis
All Time Series Record: Missouri leads 14-7
Last Meeting: September 1, 2007 (40-34 Missouri Win)

About Missouri:
Nickname: Tigers
Athletic Conference: Big 12
Location: Columbia, MO
Enrollment: 28,477
Colors: Black and Gold
Home Stadium: Faurot Field (68,349)
2007 Record: 11-2 (7-1)
2007 Attendance: 60,232

Tigers Team Previews:
New York Times (not yet ranked)
Rivals (not yet ranked)
College Football News

For the second year in a row, Illinois will open the season in St. Louis in front of a split crowd against the Missouri Tigers. For the second year in a row, Illinois will be facing a ranked opponent hungry for a BCS bid.

Edward Jones Dome (66,000)

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Pregame Events:
Friday August 29, 2008
Arch Revelry on the Landing - 5:30 to Midnight, Laclede's Landing
Battle of the Pep Bands
Live music.

Saturday & Sunday August 30-31, 2008
Big Muddy Blues Festival - 2:00 to 11:45PM, Laclede's Landing

Saturday August 30, 2008
Illinois pregame tailgate (sponsored by the UI Alumni Association)
3:00PM to 7:00PM, Broadway and Convention Plaza


The game is soldout. Good luck.

Series History:
This will be the 22nd meeting all time between Illinois and Missouri. Missouri leads the alltime series 14-7. Missouri is currently on a 3 game winning streak, defeating Illinois in 2002 and 2003 at the Edward Jones Dome, and defeating Illinois last year in the first game of the renewed series.

This will be the 6th game all-time between the two schools played in St. Louis. In addition to the 3 game winning streak in the dome for the Tigers, Missouri defeated Illinois 37-6 in 1969 at old Busch Stadium, and Illinois defeated Missouri 10-0 in the first ever meeting between the schools back in 1896.

Future Games:
As of now, Illinois and Missouri have 2 games remaining on the contract. Both athletic departments have the option to continue the series after the 2010 game.

The dates for future games are:

September 5, 2009 - Missouri vs. Illinois (Illinois will be home) - Edward Jones Dome

September 4, 2010 - Illinois vs. Missouri (Missouri will be home) - Edward Jones Dome

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