Mizzou's Pinkel on Arkansas State game

I guess when Sept. 12, 2015 gets here Missouri fans will realize the Tigers are playing a game in Jonesboro.

While that date has been on our mind ever since the Red Wolves and Tigers signed a home-and-home contract three years ago it seems like the Mizzou crowd keep waiting to wake up from that dream and realize the game is not really going to be played in at Centennial Bank Stadium.

So when it is finally played, Arkansas State will have its biggest home game in its history. Arkansas State officials are expecting a standing room only crowd in the renovated facility, which will have a new tri-level press box, which will seat more than 900, an improved enclosed concourse and some additional lighting.

Tigers coach Gary Pinkel was asked about the game at Southeastern Conference media day on Wednesday.

"First of all, Arkansas State is a really good football team and a really good program,” said Pinkel. “When we made the transition scheduling-wise, we were down to the end in trying to establish a schedule. It's very difficult because so many people so far in advance do things.

That was the deal. That was the only deal we could get.

"We thought we'd be able to move it to St. Louis possibly. We thought, at the end of the day, that's what would happen, but they don't want to do that. We would not normally do that, but that's what we had to do in order to get the game, and by the way, they're obviously a very, very good football team also. But that's the reasoning behind it."

A-State played in Columbia, Mo., in 2013 with the Tigers, on the way to their first SEC Eastern Division title, won 41-19 in a game they led just 20-16 going into the fourth quarter.

The game will only be seen on ESPN3.