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College Football Fans Are Upset With SEC School For Reportedly Refusing To Play Its Rival

Athlon Sports 12/3/2022 Lauren Merola
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Kansas and Missouri haven't played in its rivalry game, the Border War, since 2011. 

Now, with one request from Missouri, the two teams won't play in 2022, either. 

With both teams at 6-6, there was an opportunity to meet in the Liberty Bowl in December, but Missouri doesn't want to play Kansas, Brett Murphy of Action Network reported.

Kansas was not opposed to playing Missouri in its first bowl appearance since 2008, which it secured with a 37-16 upset win over then-No. 18 Oklahoma State on Nov. 5.

The specific reason Missouri doesn't want to play Kansas hasn't been released. It could be that the Tigers don't want to face their rival undermanned. Nine players (Dominic Lovett, Les Hewitt, Davion Sistrunk, Tyler Macon, Travion Ford, DJ Jackson, Zach Lovett, Jalani Williams and Devin Nicholson) entered the transfer portal and two defensive starters (Martez Manuel and Isaiah McGuire) opted out of Missouri's bowl game to declare for the 2023 NFL Draft.

Of course, Mizzou is denying McMurphy's report. 

Murphy said it’s normal for schools to request opponents for bowl games. The Liberty Bowl is one of three matches that pins an SEC school against a Big 12 one (the other two are the Sugar Bowl and Texas Bowl).

The 2011 Border War was the 120th meeting between the Jayhawks and Tigers. It was the second-longest in the FBS when it ended in 2011, before Missouri left the Big 12 for the SEC. Kansas remains in the Big 12 and the rivalry stands at 55-56-9. 

The official bowl pairings will be announced on Sunday.

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