On Sunday evening, it was announced that Missouri had accepted an invitation to play in the 2010 Insight Bowl. #12 Missouri (10-2, 6-2) will face Iowa (7-5, 4-4) on Tuesday, December 28th, at 9:00 P.M. (ESPN) at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, AZ.
"We're very pleased to accept the invitation to play in the 2010 Insight Bowl," said Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel. "This is going to be a great reward for our team, and for our fans. Iowa is a very talented team that will present a lot of challenges, so we look forward to working hard over the next few weeks to prepare for what should be a great game and a great trip for our program."
This is a school-record 6th straight year with a bowl game for Missouri, and the 7th bowl game in the last 8 years, under Coach Pinkel. The Tigers captured a share of the Big 12's north division for the third year out of the last four years.
The Tigers are scheduled to make a return trip to Sun Devil Stadium on September 10, 2011, to play Arizona State in a non-conference game.
"All five of Iowa's losses," Coach Pinkel continued, "are by a combined 17 points. Kirk's (Ferentz) a great coach. He does a great job, and has a great program. It's one of the best programs, consistently year in and year out, in the Big Ten."
Coach Pinkel called the Insight Bowl "first class" in everything they do, and issued a challenge to Missouri fans to take advantage of this opportunity to travel to the Valley of the Sun, and cheer on the Tigers.
Beginning with Coach Pinkel, and continuing with every coach or player with whom I spoke, there was a consistent theme of remembering the "bad taste" left over from last year's loss in the Texas Bowl, and a determination by everyone to make sure that there's no repeat of that experience.
"There's a lot of things that happen at these bowl games," said Coach Pinkel. "It's real important for me that our players have a good time. That's really, really important. But, what's more important is to win the football game."