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Arkansas-LSU to be played in Fayetteville

By Matt Jones

This article was originally published February 17, 2012 at 10:17 a.m. Updated February 17, 2012 at 10:42 a.m.

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Knile Davis (top center) celebrates the Razorbacks' first touchdown against LSU during the game Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

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Razorbacks 2012 Football Schedule

Sept. 1 - Jacksonville State at Fayetteville

Sept. 8 - Louisiana-Monroe at Little Rock

Sept. 15 - Alabama at Fayetteville

Sept. 22 - Rutgers at Fayetteville

Sept. 29 - Texas A&M at TBD

Oct. 6 - Auburn at Auburn, Ala.

Oct. 13 - Kentucky at Fayetteville

Oct. 20  - Open Date

Oct. 27 - Ole Miss at Little Rock

Nov. 3 - Tulsa at Fayetteville

Nov. 10 - South Carolina at Columbia, S.C.

Nov. 17 - Mississippi State at Starkville, Miss.

Nov. 24 (likely Nov. 23 for TV) - LSU at Fayetteville

— Arkansas will play its 2012 football game against LSU at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, the school announced Friday.

The game between the two schools has been played in Little Rock the last nine times when the Razorbacks were the home team. Arkansas and LSU haven't met in Fayetteville since 1992.

The game, currently scheduled for Nov. 24, will likely be moved to Nov. 23 to accommodate a national TV audience, though that determination has yet to be made. The Razorbacks and Tigers have met on the Friday after Thanksgiving 15 times since 1995 with the game televised by CBS.

The 2011 matchup between then-No. 1 LSU and No. 3 Arkansas was the third-most watched regular season football game of the year, according to CBS.

Tickets for the game in Arkansas have been difficult to obtain in recent years, which was one of several reasons cited for the change. Arkansas' on-campus stadium has a listed capacity of 72,000, while War Memorial Stadium has a capacity of 53,955.

“Playing the LSU game at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium directly benefits our program in a number of ways including most importantly providing an additional 20,000 Razorback fans an opportunity to cheer on our team and in this great rivalry game," Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long said in a release. "By rearranging the rotation and playing the regular season finale in Fayetteville, it will also prevent our team from a competitive disadvantage of traveling three straight weekends in the most crucial part of the season.

"Playing on campus will also allow our football program the recruiting advantage of hosting prospects for a game that has traditionally carried conference and national implications.”

As a result of moving the game against the LSU, Arkansas will face Ole Miss at War Memorial Stadium on Oct. 27. The Razorbacks are under contract to play two games - including one conference game - in Little Rock through the 2016 season.

Arkansas has played Ole Miss 15 times in Little Rock dating back to 1915. The city serves as a midway point between the schools' campuses and hasn't hosted the game since 1992.

“For Razorback fans, the Arkansas–Ole Miss game in Little Rock has a long and storied history,” War Memorial Stadium Commission chairman Kevin Crass said in a release. “War Memorial Stadium is excited to host the 2012 matchup, which will mark only the second time the Rebels have visited Little Rock since Arkansas joined the SEC."

In addition to Ole Miss, Arkansas will play Louisiana-Monroe there on Sept. 8.

The Razorbacks also announced a two-year home-and-home series against Rutgers on Friday. Arkansas will host Rutgers on Sept. 22 in Fayetteville and will travel to the Scarlet Knights' campus in Piscataway, N.J. on Sept. 21, 2013. The two programs have never met in football.

Rutgers will replace Texas A&M as Arkansas' marquee nonconference game next season. The Razorbacks and Aggies were scheduled to play in a nonconference game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas through the 2018 season, but Texas A&M will become a member of the Southeastern Conference later this year.

Texas A&M has expressed the desire to move that game to the schools' campuses, while Arkansas wants to keep the game in the Dallas suburb. No time table has been set for a resolution to the dispute.

Read tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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HawgFan says... February 17, 2012 at 10:24 a.m.

About time.

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NONSHEEPLE says... February 17, 2012 at 10:36 a.m.

"Rutgers"????? REALLY?? Gee that'll sure bump up our "strength of schedule" and recruiting...... WHY aren't we playing MO?? That's something the LOCAL fans want to see and now they're even in our own conference... CUT the South Carolina game and ad MO AND get us a REAL football contender to take the place of Rutgers....

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NoCrossNoCrown says... February 17, 2012 at 10:38 a.m.

Shut up central Arkansas and send in your donation .....
Howl...Hogs....??????

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TheBatt says... February 17, 2012 at 10:46 a.m.

It's all about $$$$. LSU game is always a cash cow, and Reynolds stadium has a lot more seats.

As far as Rutgers... what the heck is that about? I heard the sports talking heads the other evening on KARN talking about how "great" this would be. Have we not already seen that if Arkansas is going to get any respect in the BCS, we have to actually play some football teams? Not to disrespect Rutgers... but they are not a "Top-tier" team that gets you respect. Why did LSU stay at #1 all last season (other than they were a good team)? Because they didn't play any pansy teams. They don't load up their non-conference schedule with fluff gimmie games.

Foot - if Rutgers is such a good choice - then why not save the travel costs and play A-State? Arkansas could use a good in-state rivalry. Oh - wait, the legacy of Frank - no "in-state" competition.

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NONSHEEPLE says... February 17, 2012 at 11:07 a.m.

I don't care about LSU moving to NWA at all BUT the Rutgers game being added wont help us in the least... We couldn't find ANY bigger tier teams to play us? bleh...

oh yeah and FRANK's rein is OVER!! It's time to move forward and an ASU game would be great---- as long as the ticket prices are from ASU and not UofA....

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YoungHog says... February 17, 2012 at 12:09 p.m.

Rutgers is better than NEW MEXICO.. and the BIG EAST IS A BCS confernce.. U guys are lost.. Moving the LSU game to the HILL should be good for the program except for the fans who visit the rock (family) on Thanksgiving..

GO HOGS

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HawgFan says... February 17, 2012 at 12:11 p.m.

Not sure I understand all the crying about the Rutgers game. The Hogs SOS was higher than Alabama's SOS going into the title game against LSU. It's not our SOS that is the problem. The problem is that we did not beat LSU or Bama. Period. Let's face it, the road to the SEC West and the National Title goes through those 2 teams and until we can beat one or both of them in the same year, we should get used to being 3rd in the West. We still have A&M, LSU and Bama on the schedule. What do you people want?! You want to add Souther Cal or Oklahoma or Oklahoma State to an already brutal conference schedule?! Not realistic and very shortsided. Petrino knows what he's doing.

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Jfish says... February 17, 2012 at 12:29 p.m.

I mostly agree with Hawgfan. Rutgers is an improvement, but I would still rather see a regional team like Southern Miss., ASU, LaTech, or Memphis, although they are terrible right now.

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BigDaddy says... February 17, 2012 at 12:35 p.m.

More and More games heading back northwest? Why is this?

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HawgFan says... February 17, 2012 at 12:40 p.m.

BigDaddy... Because the University of Arkansas campus is in Fayetteville and that's where the team should play. Traveling to Little Rock for a home game is ridiculous for the players.

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