Originally Posted by ArrowheadHawk
So, head to head means nothing? How else would you like me to evaluate two teams? I'm pretty sure sports are played out on the field, so to ignore on the field results is ridiculous. Especially when they played every year. Its not like the only played each other every so often.
Head-to-head means something (in this case, it means this is an intense rivalry in which Kansas has played over its head).
But if you compare other key indicators about the programs, there is a significant gap.
Winning percentage (Missouri is 40 points better all-time)
Bowl appearances (Missouri has more than twice as many)
Bowl wins (Missouri has more than twice as many)
Major bowl appearances (Missouri has twice as many)
That's where the gap lies.
The head to head matchup speaks to the intensity of the rivalry and the focus each program places on the game. Kansas dominated the matchup in the first 20-30 years of its existence (13-4-3 in first 20, 17-9-4 in first 30), but in the modern era - Post WWI, when college football really started to take off - Missouri takes the series at a clip more in line with its all-time winning percentage.
But that's the fun thing about rivalries. They go back and forth. Heck, even during the disaster that followed the reign of Babs "We are an academic institution first" Uehling, Missouri's 20-year dark period, the series was almost dead even.