With the recent news by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the Illinois Fighting Illini and Missouri Tigers could renew the State Farm Arch Rivalry, the question is, ‘Is it a good move for Illinois?’
The schools met in St. Louis from 2002-’03 and 2007-’10, with the Missouri Tigers winning all six games.
The games brought in an average of 62,745 and both teams were guaranteed $1 million for playing off-campus and sacrificing a home game.
Here are some areas to break down before deciding if it is the right move for Illinois:
Wasn’t the series dominated by the Missouri Tigers?
Despite the Illini going 0-6 during the St. Louis series, Missouri averaged wins by just over 12 points, not dominating by any means. Outside of the 37-9 loss Illinois took in 2009, the other five losses were by an average of nine points. Illinois was twice within a touchdown of taking a non-conference victory over the Tigers.
What about losing a non-conference game?
Like it was stated in the opening, Illinois ...