COLUMBIA MO - JANUARY 17: Michael Dixon #11 of the Missouri Tigers battles Jacob Pullen #0 of the Kansas State Wildcats for a loose ball during the game on January 17 2011 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
With the final games approaching for Missouri and Texas A&M as Big 12 members how have they done overall against K-State in football and basketball since the formation of the Big 12 conference in 1996.
As everyone knows the Missouri Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies have decided to defect from the Big 12 conference at the end of the 2011-2012 athletic season and head to the supposedly greener pastures of the SEC. With conference basketball play getting close to kicking in, thought it would be interesting to see how Missouri and Texas A&M have performed record wise in the Big 12 against other schools, in particular Kansas State.
In football the final overall record between Mizzou and Kansas State greatly favors the Wildcats. This series, within the Big 12 conference only, has been dominated by long winning streaks as K-State reeled off 10 straight wins from 1996 thru 2005. The Tigers then went on to win the next five games played as Gary Pinkel had gotten the Missouri program up and running while K-State made a disastrous coaching hire in Ron Prince. The final contest was in Manhattan this football season where the Wildcats were able to hold on for a final regular season victory against the Tigers to move the final Big 12 record between the two schools to 11-5 in favor of Kansas State.
While the Wildcats have the advantage over the Tigers on the gridiron, they were not as fortunate on the basketball court. These teams have at minimum two games left to play this season but no matter the outcomes the Missouri Tigers will finish with an overall winning record in Big 12 play against Kansas State. The current record is 18 wins for Missouri while K-State has recorded 13 wins. The total amount of games played includes the two annual games played against one another in the regular season and one meeting in the conference tournament. In the past four seasons the series has been split a game apiece but the Tigers displayed their dominance over the Wildcats from 1999 through 2003. During those five seasons the Tigers went 9-1 against the Wildcats with the lone win coming in the 2000 season. As for the final two regular season games this year it looks like the Tigers have a good chance of sweeping the Wildcats once again although the contest in Bramlage Coliseum will be a strong litmus test for Frank Haith and his team.
So if you combine the basketball and football records in Big 12 play for K-State against Missouri the current overall record sits at 24 wins for the Wildcats compared to 13 wins for the Tigers. Obviously this record is greatly skewed by the Wildcats dominance in football during the early to mid parts of Big 12 play and likely if the Tigers were to have stayed in the Big 12 one could expect a back and forth series from here on out.
Now on the flip side, K-State has had good basketball success against the other school leaving the conference, Texas A&M, but not quite as much in football.
With the previous divisional formats that existed in the Big 12, K-State and Texas A&M did not face each other nearly as much as the Wildcats obviously did against Missouri. Even with the Wildcats in the North division and the Aggies in the South, these two schools met a total of 10 times on the football field and they came to an overall draw record wise at 5-5. Saying they came to a "draw" could be argued though as one of those victories for A&M came in the 1998 Big 12 conference title game that subsequently knocked the Wildcats out of a chance to play for the national title. Even though it only counts as one loss in the record books everyone knows it meant more than that for Wildcat fans.
Surprisingly on the basketball side of things the Wildcats will finish with a winning record against A&M no matter who wins the two games played this year. Currently the Big 12 series stands at an 11-7 advantage for K-State. In retrospect, both of these schools were quite awful in basketball for pretty much the majority of the time they have been in the same conference together but within the past few years each school has risen back in the national rankings on a frequent basis.
The current overall combined wins and losses in football and basketball for K-State against the Aggies in the Big 12 comes to 16-12, thanks largely to their basketball program.
While the Tigers and Aggies each had conference re-alignment options and chose to take them at least K-State fans can feel confident their two major programs were able to not only compete but win against "SEC" competition.