Arkansas Keeps Its Day After Thanksgiving Gig

It was announced Tuesday that Arkansas will be playing on the day after Thanksgiving for the 17th time in 19 years as the Razorbacks will visit Missouri on Friday, Nov. 28th at 1:30 p.m. on CBS.

The opponent may have changed, but the Razorback football team will still be playing on national television the day after Thanksgiving.

It was announced Tuesday that Arkansas game with Missouri has been moved up a day and will now happen on Friday, November 28 and be televised by CBS.

The Tigers will replace LSU as the regular-season finale on the Razorbacks' schedule and it means that Arkansas will be playing on the day after Thanksgiving for the 17th time in 19 years.

The Arkansas schedule has been rated as the toughest in the country in terms of 2013 win-loss (103-54) records by

"It's been well documented -- we had a tremendously tough schedule last year before the season started," Razorback head coach Bret Bielema said. "This year, we've been voted No. 1 toughest schedule in the country. It's something we'll wrap our arms around, hug it up and kiss it and make it as good as we possibly can."

Arkansas and Missouri will be meeting for the first time as SEC opponents and for only the sixth time overall.

The last meeting between the two saw the Tigers down the Razorbacks 38-7 in the 2008 Cotton Bowl with interim head coach Reggie Herring in charge of Arkansas after head coach Houston Nutt moved on to Ole Miss.

Missouri's Tony Temple had 281 yards rushing to overshadow Heisman Trophy finalist Darren McFadden, who had 105 yards rushing in the game and a school-record 1,830 yards for the season.

It will be the first regular season meeting between the two since 1963 when Missouri downed Arkansas 7-6.

Arkansas opens its season on Aug. 30 at defending SEC champion Auburn at 3 p.m. – the first game on the new SEC Network.

"I don't think we could ask for a better scenario, to play a team that accomplished so much a year ago, a very well-coached football team with a lot of really good players back, to open it up on the SEC Network and to have all of that going for us in one direction is a very, very positive thing," Bielema said.

The Razorbacks' first home game will be Sept. 6 in Fayetteville when they host Nicholls State at 3 p.m.

Jonathan Williams

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