FAYETTEVILLE - The University of Arkansas football team's 2014 schedule was
released Wednesday and features seven in-state home games, five in Fayetteville
and two in Little Rock, with specific home game locations to be announced at a
"The 2014 football season will mark a new chapter for Razorback football in
the Southeastern Conference," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff
Long said. "From opening the season with an SEC game to concluding the regular
season against new conference rival Missouri, the 2014 schedule will provide
Razorback fans plenty of intriguing matchups throughout the season, including
seven home games in Arkansas. We are excited about the renewal of a series with
Texas Tech and a return trip to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for the Southwest
Classic. In addition, the launch of the SEC Network will help bring Razorback
football to fans all over the country."
Arkansas opens the 2014 season Aug. 30 at Auburn, marking the first time
since joining the SEC the Razorbacks will open with a conference opponent. It
also will be the first time since 1999, when Arkansas opened at SMU, that
Arkansas will play its season opener on the road and the first time since a 1980
matchup at Texas that the Razorbacks will begin the season with a conference
game on the road.
The Razorbacks begin the home portion of their schedule the next week by
hosting Nicholls State on Sept. 6 before hitting the road again to play at Texas
Tech on Sept. 13, renewing the series with their former Southwest Conference
rival. Arkansas is playing Nicholls State for the first time in program history
and facing off with Texas Tech for the first time since 1991. The Razorbacks
lead the all-time series with the Red Raiders 28-7, including a 15-2 edge in
Arkansas then hosts Northern Illinois on Sept. 20. The teams have met once
previously, an Arkansas victory in Fayetteville 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 Texas A&M. The Razorbacks and Aggies played in
Arlington from 2009-11, all Arkansas victories, before moving to a home-and-home
agreement for 2012 and 2013 when Texas A&M joined the SEC prior to the 2012
season. The 2014 game is the first in an 11-year agreement between the schools
to meet in AT&T Stadium.
After a bye week, Arkansas begins a stretch of 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 by former Arkansas offensive
coordinator Garrick McGee, for the first time in program history.
The Razorbacks open November on the road with a Nov. 1 date at Mississippi
State before their second bye week of the season on Nov. 8. Arkansas then hosts
LSU on Nov. 15 and Ole Miss on Nov. 22 to wrap up the home portion of the
Arkansas ends its season with a new crossover opponent as Missouri replaces
South Carolina, which has stood as the Razorbacks' annual opponent from the
Eastern Division since 1992. The Razorbacks and Tigers will play in Columbia,
Mo., on Nov. 29, meeting for the first time as SEC members and for the sixth
time in a series that dates back to 1906.
"Next season marks a new beginning in college football with the addition of
the College Football Playoff," head coach Bret Bielema said. "Our 2014 schedule
features quality non-conference opponents in addition to a strong slate of SEC
games, which will be a positive for us and allow us to focus on one game at a
time. We are excited about the challenge the 2014 schedule brings but are more
excited to start the 2013 season next week."
Arkansas opens its 2013 season Aug. 31 against Louisiana inside Donald W.
Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
2014 Arkansas Razorbacks Football Schedule
|Aug. 30||at Auburn*|
|Sept. 6||Nicholls State|
|Sept. 13||at Texas Tech|
|Sept. 20||Northern Illinois|
|Sept. 27||vs. Texas A&M*^|
|Nov. 1||at Mississippi State*|
|Nov. 22||Ole Miss*|
|Nov. 29||at Missouri*|
^-Game played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington,
Home games in bold