Arkansas now knows which teams it is going to meet on the football field in 2013, where those contests will take place and that its Thanksgiving weekend foe remains the same.
The SEC released its league schedule for 2013 on Thursday afternoon with each team having eight league games instead of the rumored nine and with the league also postponing cross divisional common foes until 2014.
The Razorbacks' 2013 league schedule has home games with Texas A&M (Sept. 28), South Carolina (Oct. 12), Auburn (Nov. 2) and Mississippi State (Nov. 23) and road games at Florida (Oct. 5), Alabama (Oct. 19), Ole Miss (Nov. 9) and LSU (Nov. 30) on Thanksgiving weekend.
Jeff Long, Arkansas' Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics, is excited about the schedule.
"The 2013 schedule provides matchups against some of the other marquee college football programs in the nation," Long said. "With seven home games in the state of Arkansas, Razorback fans will have the opportunity to see key SEC games as well as non-conference matchups featuring first-time football opponents.
"As we continue in the process of working alongside the Southeastern Conference to outline future conference schedules," Long added, "we are pleased we were able to put together a competitive and compelling 2013 schedule for our program and our fans."
Arkansas sees its Alabama game pushed back a month next season from its normal spot on the slate. Missouri enters the schedule as a traditional yearly opponent beginning in 2014.
SEC Executive Associate Commissioner Mark Womack said the schedule was a "bridge" between 2012 and 2014.
"Instead of having a long-term schedule that is established with who the permanent and rotating opponents are, this is a standalone schedule for just 2013 that has no impact on what is going to be agreed upon going forward," Womack said. "It is really to get us through the 2013 year as we look to create a longer term schedule for 2014 and beyond."
Arkansas will play all four of its non-conference games before getting into SEC action.
The 2013 season starts with Arkansas hosting Louisiana–Lafayette on August 31 in Fayetteville.
The Razorbacks will then host Samford in Little Rock on September 7 and Southern Miss in Fayetteville on September 14 before traveling to Rutgers on Sept. 21.
There are two open dates during the season on October 26 and November 16.
The Arkansas–Texas A&M series will be played at Cowboys Stadium again starting in 2014.
The Razorbacks and Aggies played there three times before this season's game in College Station.
Arkansas' game with LSU remains on Thanksgiving weekend and is currently scheduled for Saturday, but may be moved to Friday afternoon as has been the norm for the matchup.
"I think we just have to look at the last weekend of the season and how that shapes up to try to have games for everyone on that last weekend," Womack said. "We need to look at the best way to accomplish that and work to see how we can rotate teams on and off the schedule over a 12-year period."
Womack said work on the 2014 schedule begins now.
"We will start moving on 2014 and what we hope to come out of there is a long-term 12-year schedule that would show who rotates on and off and in which years," Womack said. "We've started to put the dates to some of those schedules, maybe not for 12 years out, but for a four-to-six-year period of trying to establish the dates of those games, not just who would rotate on and off your schedule."
Arkansas 2013 Football Schedule
August 31 Louisiana-Lafayette (Fayetteville)
Sept. 7 Samford (Little Rock)
Sept. 14 Southern Miss (Fayetteville)
Sept.21 at Rutgers
Sept. 28 Texas A&M (Fayetteville)
Oct. 5 at Florida
Oct. 12 South Carolina (Fayetteville)
Oct. 19 at Alabama
Oct. 26 Open
Nov. 2 Auburn (Fayetteville)
Nov. 9 at Ole Miss
Nov. 16 Open
Nov. 23 Mississippi State (Little Rock)
Nov. 30 at LSU
Arkansas' 2013 Slate Released
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