The Razorbacks finalized their 2006 schedule by adding a home game against Division I-AA Southeast Missouri State in Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Oct. 14. It gives the Hogs eight in-state games that season, including six in Fayetteville.
"The schedule is probably the most attractive home schedule we've had," Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles said. "I think it will have the highest power rating of any schedule we've had. It will be in the Top 5.
"I think our fans will be excited about the opportunity we have to play some of the best teams in America at home."
Other home games include Fayetteville dates against two-time defending national champion Southern Cal (Sept. 9), Alabama (Sept. 23), Ole Miss (Oct. 21), Utah State (Oct. 28) and Tennessee (Nov. 11). The Razorbacks will open the season in Little Rock against Louisiana-Monroe (Sept. 2) and close it in War Memorial Stadium with the annual date against Southeastern Conference division rival LSU (Nov. 25).
The LSU game, which is temporarily scheduled for a Saturday, has traditionally been moved to Friday to accommodate CBS Sports since 1996.
The Louisiana-Monroe game will signal the first time the Hogs have kicked off the season in Little Rock since 2001, when Arkansas beat UNLV 14-10.
"There's a game against national champion LSU (2003), national champion Tennessee (1998), national champion Southern Cal (2003 and 2004), Ole Miss and Alabama," Broyles said. "It's loaded. They ought to fire the AD.
"We ought to make a lot of money, but fire the AD."
Arkansas had been looking for another non-conference opponent for 2006 since the spring, when the NCAA announced new rules that permitted programs to add a 12th game on a permanent basis. With one heavy-hitting, non-conference game already on the schedule (Southern Cal), the Razorbacks turned to Division I-AA and worked out an agreement with Southeast Missouri State.
As part of the new NCAA guidelines, Division I programs can count one win a year against Division I-AA opponents toward bowl eligibility. In the past, Division I programs were only allowed to count one Division I-AA win every four seasons.
"That gave us an inventory," Broyles said. "If they hadn't done that, it would've been very difficult (to schedule a game)."
The Southeast Missouri State game will be the first in a three-game, Fayetteville homestand. It will be the first time Arkansas plays three consecutive Fayetteville games since 2000 and just the second since 1933.
In addition, Arkansas also has road games at Vanderbilt (Sept. 16), Auburn (Oct. 7), South Carolina (Nov. 4) and Mississippi State (Nov. 18).
"I think we'll have the biggest fan support next year we've ever had," Broyles said. "I'm anticipating people getting their tickets now. If they haven't gotten them this year (2005), they need to get them and have a priority for next year's tickets."
Arkansas Finalizes 2006 Football Schedule
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