Arkansas will start the 2011 football season with three straight in-state nonconference games (Missouri State, New Mexico and Troy), then a trip to Alabama.
But the real news in the new schedule is a return to the Friday after Thanksgiving for the Arkansas-LSU game. That game has returned to its old spot at the request of CBS Sports and will be a national telecast.
"Our fans can look forward to another exciting season of Razorback football in 2011," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long said. "The 2011 schedule features three consecutive in-state games to open the season, four home games against Southeastern Conference teams, the annual trip to Arlington to play Texas A&M in the Southwest Classic and a trip to Baton Rouge to resume the traditional Friday after Thanksgiving series with LSU. We are proud of the great success our football student-athletes achieved in 2010 culminated in the program's first berth in a BCS bowl game. Next year's schedule promises to deliver another memorable season in the nation's most competitive conference."
Following the trip to Tuscaloosa, Arkansas resumes the Southwest Classic by playing the third installment against Texas A&M at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Oct. 1. The next week, the Razorbacks return home to host Auburn on Oct. 8 before the bye week.
After the bye, Arkansas has back-to-back road trips to Ole Miss and Vanderbilt on Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, respectively. The Razorbacks then host South Carolina on Nov. 5 and Tennessee, who comes back on the schedule for the first time since 2007, on Nov. 12 in Fayetteville before wrapping up the home slate by hosting Mississippi State in Little Rock on Nov. 19. The regular season ends with a trip to Baton Rouge, La., to take on LSU on Friday, Nov. 25. The annual Battle for the Boot returns to Friday after Thanksgiving after being played on Saturday the past two seasons. The game will be nationally televised by CBS Sports at 1:30 p.m. CT. The SEC has also announced the 2012 Arkansas-LSU football game will be played the Friday (Nov. 23, 2012) following Thanksgiving and will be televised by CBS Sports.
All games on the Razorbacks' 2011 schedule will be televised. Additional television arrangements and game times for the 2011 season will be announced as they become available.
2011 Arkansas Football Schedule
Sept. 3, Missouri State, at Fayetteville
Sept. 10, New Mexico, at Little Rock
Sept. 17, Troy, at Fayetteville
Sept. 24, Alabama, at Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Oct. 1, Texas A&M, at Arlington, Texas
Oct. 8, Auburn, at Fayetteville
Oct. 22, Ole Miss, at Oxford, Miss.
Oct. 29, Vanderbilt, at Nashville, Tenn.
Nov. 5, South Carolina, at Fayetteville
Nov. 12, Tennessee, at Fayetteville
Nov. 19, Mississippi State, at Little Rock
Nov. 25, LSU (CBS), at Baton Rouge, La., 1:30 p.m.
(Note: All games will be televised. Exact schedules and times will be determined later.)
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