University of Missouri
In 1890, Mizzou’s first football game took place and soon after the team adopted its nickname in honor of a militia unit nicknamed “tigers,” made up of local men who came together to defend Columbia from guerilla bands during the Civil War. Today, when you think of Mizzou athletics, you think of Big MO, the nine foot bass drum and Marching Mizzou who lead the fans in the traditional MIZ-ZOU cheer and celebrate every touchdown. You think of the storied history of Memorial Stadium and Faurot Field, also known as “The Zou,” which dates back to 1926 and its iconic rock M in the north end zone where fans can sit and cheer on the Tigers.
Nickname:
Tigers
Top Rivals:
University of Kansas, University of Arkansas
Style Facts:
Early historical references imply that the University of Missouri used crimson and gold as its school colors, but all Tiger fans know the official colors are black and gold which pay homage to the colors of the Bengal tiger.