Press Release University of Arkansas:
The University of Arkansasfootball team's 2014 schedule was released Wednesday and features sevenin-state home games, five in Fayetteville and two in Little Rock, with specifichome game locations to be announced at a later date.
"The 2014 football season will mark a newchapter for Razorback football in the Southeastern Conference," Vice Chancellorand Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "From opening the season with an SECgame to concluding the regular season against new conference rival Missouri,the 2014 schedule will provide Razorback fans plenty of intriguing matchupsthroughout the season, including seven home games in Arkansas. We are excitedabout the renewal of a series with Texas Tech and a return trip to AT&TStadium in Arlington for the Southwest Classic. In addition, the launch of theSEC Network will help bring Razorback football to fans all over the country."
Arkansas opens the 2014 season Aug. 30 atAuburn, marking the first time since joining the SEC the Razorbacks will openwith a conference opponent. It also will be the first time since 1999, whenArkansas opened at SMU, that Arkansas will play its season opener on the roadand the first time since a 1980 matchup at Texas that the Razorbacks will beginthe season with a conference game on the road.
The Razorbacks begin the home portion oftheir schedule the next week by hosting Nicholls State on Sept. 6 beforehitting the road again to play at Texas Tech on Sept. 13, renewing the serieswith their former Southwest Conference rival. Arkansas is playing NichollsState for the first time in program history and facing off with Texas Tech forthe first time since 1991. The Razorbacks lead the all-time series with the RedRaiders 28-7, including a 15-2 edge in Lubbock.
Arkansas then hosts Northern Illinois onSept. 20. The teams have met once previously, an Arkansas victory inFayetteville in 1994. On Sept. 27, the Razorbacks return to AT&T Stadium,the home of the Dallas Cowboys, to renew a neutral-site agreement with TexasA&M. The Razorbacks and Aggies played in Arlington from 2009-11, allArkansas victories, before moving to a home-and-home agreement for 2012 and2013 when Texas A&M joined the SEC prior to the 2012 season. The 2014 gameis the first in an 11-year agreement between the schools to meet in AT&TStadium.
After a bye week, Arkansas begins a stretchof three straight home games by hosting Alabama on Oct. 11. The next week, Oct.18, the Razorbacks host Georgia and on Oct. 25 Arkansas plays UAB, coached byformer Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, for the first time inprogram history.
The Razorbacks open November on the road witha Nov. 1 date at Mississippi State before their second bye week of the seasonon Nov. 8. Arkansas then hosts LSU on Nov. 15 and Ole Miss on Nov. 22 to wrapup the home portion of the schedule.
Arkansas ends its season with a new crossoveropponent as Missouri replaces South Carolina, which has stood as theRazorbacks' annual opponent from the Eastern Division since 1992. TheRazorbacks and Tigers will play in Columbia, Mo., on Nov. 29, meeting for thefirst time as SEC members and for the sixth time in a series that dates back to1906.
"Next season marks a new beginning in collegefootball with the addition of the College Football Playoff," head coach BretBielema said. "Our 2014 schedule features quality non-conference opponents inaddition to a strong slate of SEC games, which will be a positive for us andallow us to focus on one game at a time. We are excited about the challenge the2014 schedule brings but are more excited to start the 2013 season next week."
Arkansas opens its 2013 season Aug. 31against Louisiana inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
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2014 Arkansas RazorbacksFootball Schedule
Sept.6 Nicholls State
Sept.13 at TexasTech
Sept.27 vs. TexasA&M*^
Nov.1 at Mississippi State*