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Illinois quarterback Cam Thomas (10) may be available for the Illini Saturday against Northwestern after missing the previous two games.

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Drew Lock will be just shy of turning 31 years old when Missouri football resumes the Braggin’ Rights rivalry in football.

The Tigers will play Illinois in football in 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029, Missouri announced Monday. The rivalry series will be played on each school’s campus, rotating between Champaign, Illinois, and Columbia.

“This is another opportunity to renew a great football rivalry that we believe Tiger fans everywhere will be excited about,” MU athletic director Jim Sterk said in a statement.

The two teams have not played since 2010, when the Tigers won 23-13 in St. Louis, the neutral-site city in which some of the rivalry has been played. Illinois leads the all-time series 17-7, but Missouri has won six straight against the Illini.

The series will start Sept. 26, 2026, in Champaign. Missouri will host the series on Sept. 18, 2027, and Sept. 15, 2029. The other game in Champaign is set for Sept. 16, 2028. Missouri has not scheduled any other games past the 2025 season.

Also Monday, MU announced it has finalized the opponents on its 2020 schedule with a Nov. 21 home game against Louisiana.

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