I have received confirmation that Mizzou will indeed be playing Texas on Sunday of the Houston College Classic. It would be considered a non-conference game, not counting in the Big 12 standings, similar to the annual MU-KU game at Kauffman Stadium.
It would seem logical by process of elimination that MU's first game of the weekend will be against Houston, with TCU showing MU as their Saturday opponent. The Tigers will evidently not be facing Rice that weekend.
Or I could be wrong.
Most years, the Big 12 teams do not play one another in the tournament. For example, in 2009, Texas A&M, Baylor, Rice, UC-Irvine, Houston and UCLA were the participants, but A&M and Baylor did not play one another. Going back to 2003, no Big 12 team has played another in the tournament. Apparently there is a different plan for this year's tournament.
■ In other 2010 Schedule news:
• Mizzou's season will begin February 19th in Tucson, AZ, at the Cactus Classic tournament. Teams and schedule still unknown.
• The second weekend of the season (2/26-28) will find the Tigers at a tournament at Auburn. The slate of teams includes Auburn, Boston College, Florida Atlantic and Mizzou, according to AUTigers.com
• The Houston College Classic will be on MU's 3rd weekend (March 5-7).
• The only other confirmed opponent in 2010 is a game against SIU-Edwardsville on April 7th at Simmons Field.