After heavy speculation, Missouri finally knows its bowl destination for 2018.
The Tigers — ranked No. 24 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday morning — have earned an invitation to the 2018 Autozone Liberty Bowl and will close out the 2018 season against former Big 12 foe Oklahoma State, the team announced on Sunday afternoon. The game is set for Dec. 31 at Memphis' Liberty Memorial Stadium; kickoff is set 2:45 p.m. on ESPN.
The postseason trip to Tennessee will mark a second consecutive bowl appearance for the 8-4 Tigers; Missouri played in the Texas Bowl last December, falling to Texas 33-16. Oklahoma State, 6-6 on the season, has not missed a bowl game since 2005 and will be playing a 13th straight postseason game when they meet the Tigers on New Year's Eve.
Missouri owns a 29-23 record in the all-time series with the Cowboys. The teams last met in the 2014 Cotton Bowl, where the Tigers pulled out a 41-31 victory.
Missouri has played in the Liberty Bowl twice before in the game's 59-year history, once in 1978 and then two years later in 1980. The Tigers are 1-1 in those games. Missouri is 15-17 all-time in bowl games.
The game in Memphis will serve as a homecoming for the Tigers’ Johnathon Johnson, Tyler Badie and Aubrey Miller Jr., each of whom hail from the Bluff City. Head coach Barry Odom and defensive coordinator Ryan Walters each spent time at the University of Memphis and served together on the coaching staff there under Justin Fuente in 2014.
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