Rutgers officially announced the addition of Arkansas to the 2012 schedule in a home-and-home series beginning in Fayetteville, Ark. The Scarlet Knights travel south on Saturday Sept. 22 to face the Razorbacks and follow it up with a Saturday Sept. 21, 2013 home game.
"It is a constant priority to secure marquee scheduling opportunities for our football program and our fans," Pernetti said in a statement. "This home-and-home series with Arkansas clearly illustrates another enhancement of that strategy. We are excited to have the Razorbacks as the first-ever SEC opponent to play at High Point Solutions Stadium and this agreement further enhances our future non-conference game schedule which includes Penn State, Miami and UCLA."
Rutgers has not played an SEC opponent since the epic 37-34 comeback rally against Vanderbilt in 2004. The Scarlet Knights are 5-11-2 all-time against the SEC and have never had a home game on campus, previously playing at the Meadowlands.
The Rutgers schedule has one more opening after West Virginia left the conference last week. A schedule cannot be announced until that situation, and the makeup of the 2012 Big East football conference, is resolved.