Missouri Tigers vs. Arkansas Razorbacks: Start Time, Broadcast Info, Live Stream, & More


The Tigers will make a last-ditch attempt to gain bowl eligibility in a Black Friday rivalry meeting with the Razorbacks.

The 5-6 Missouri Tigers visit the Arkansas Razorbacks for only the second time in program history on Friday, making a trip that will eventually become a rite of passage for Mizzou players now that the Arkansas game has been designated as the Tigers’ protected cross-divisional rivalry until at least 2025 by the SEC. It will actually be the Tigers’ first-ever visit to Fayetteville, as the last game in which Arkansas hosted Mizzou took place at the Razorbacks’ secondary stadium, War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock, in September of 1963.

Throughout the course of the rivalry between the two schools, which first took place in 1906 but was only established as a yearly event (the “Battle Line Rivalry”) last season, the Tigers hold a 4-2 edge. On Black Friday of 2014, the Tigers picked up a too-close-for-comfort 21-14 victory over the Razorbacks at Faurot Field to earn a trip to the SEC Championship Game.

This year, despite the fact that the two teams are not too far apart record-wise–the Tigers are 5-6 and the Razorbacks are 6-5–the outlook doesn’t look too good for Mizzou. The Tigers have just one road victory this season, a close 27-20 win that came in Week 2 over Arkansas State–and their offense has been absolutely anemic since the sixth game of the season against Florida. Over that timespan, the Tigers have just 53 points, or an average of just over 8 points a game.

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In addition, the Tigers’ defense has taken somewhat of a step back since true freshman defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr., who had three sacks and was an extremely important member of the defensive line, went down with a season-ending knee injury two weeks ago against BYU. Considering that the Razorbacks have won five of their last seven following a 1-3 start and have averaged 50.2 points a game over the past five weeks, it’s going to take a total change in performance from Mizzou in order for them to effectively compete in Fayetteville.

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On Friday, the Tigers will have one last chance to get retiring head coach Gary Pinkel into a bowl game, as they’ll need to beat Arkansas to earn a sixth win and become bowl-eligible. Otherwise, it will be the 191st and final game of Pinkel’s career at Mizzou. That is, unless some type of special exception is made due to a lack of bowl-eligible teams, which is a possibility considering that 80 teams are needed to fill out the bowl schedule this winter, and just 71 teams are currently bowl-eligible heading into this weekend’s slate of games.

Where: Donald W. Reynolds Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas

When: 1:30 PM CT, Friday, November 26, 2015

TV Broadcast: CBS

Live Stream: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports Mobile App

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