Hogs release 2013 football schedule

Arkansas has released its 2013 football schedule, which will include eight SEC games and four nonconference matchups.

Arkansas released its 2013 football schedule on Thursday after the Southeastern Conference released a conference only schedule, which includes eight SEC games and four nonconference games for league members.

As part of the schedule, Arkansas will continue playing South Carolina as its cross-divisional opponent in addition to playing Alabama in mid-October. The Razorbacks will not play Missouri, which had previously been reported as a future cross-division rival beginning in 2013.

Home SEC games for Arkansas include Texas A&M, South Carolina, Auburn and Mississippi State (Little Rock), while road conference games will include Florida, Alabama, Ole Miss and LSU. The game against Texas A&M will be the last between the schools before they move back to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas for the first of an 11-year contract in 2014.

Arkansas is scheduled to close the regular season with a game at LSU, marking the 22nd consecutive season the two teams will meet Thanksgiving weekend. Reports this year have indicated LSU officials would like to add Texas A&M as its opponent for that weekend in the future, though UA athletics director Jeff Long has publicly stated he is not aware of any negotiations pertaining to a change.

Whether the game between the Razorbacks and Tigers will once again be played on a Friday likely won't be determined until next spring.

In addition to its conference foes, Arkansas will face Louisiana-Lafayette (Aug. 31) and Southern Miss (Sept. 14) in Fayetteville, and Samford in Little Rock on Sept. 7. The Razorbacks will play at Rutgers on Sept. 21 by virtue of a two-year, home-and-home contract.

The Razorbacks will have two open weeks in 2013 as opposed to only one the last four seasons.

2013 Arkansas Football Schedule

Aug. 31 – Louisiana-Lafayette (Fayetteville)

Sept. 7 – Samford (Little Rock)

Sept. 14 – Southern Miss (Fayetteville)

Sept. 21 – Rutgers (Piscataway, N.J.)

Sept. 28 – Texas A&M (Fayetteville)

Oct. 5 – Florida (Gainesville, Fla.)

Oct. 12 – South Carolina (Fayetteville)

Oct. 19 – Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)

Oct. 26 – Bye Week

Nov. 2 – Auburn (Fayetteville)

Nov. 9 – Ole Miss (Oxford, Miss.)

Nov. 16 – Bye Week

Nov. 23 – Mississippi State (Little Rock)

Nov. 30 – LSU (Baton Rouge, La.)

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