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Hogs to open 2019 with Portland State

By Matt Jones

This article was published December 5, 2016 at 3:35 p.m.

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Arkansas' mascot and cheerleaders lead the team onto the field prior to a game against Missouri on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, in Columbia, Mo.

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Future Arkansas football opponents

— Arkansas has scheduled Portland State to open the 2019 football season.

The Razorbacks and Vikings are scheduled to play Aug. 31, 2019, either in Fayetteville or Little Rock, according to the contract for the game obtained Monday through an open records request. The teams agreed to the game in October.

Financial details were redacted from the contract.

The Razorbacks previously were scheduled to open the 2019 season with a home game against Michigan, but the Wolverines paid $2 million in July to back out of a home-and-home series with Arkansas. The Razorbacks have yet to schedule a Power 5 opponent for the 2018-20 seasons.

Portland State is a member of the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision. The Vikings were 3-8 this season.

Arkansas also is scheduled to play FCS opponents to open two other upcoming seasons. The Razorbacks open with Florida A&M in Little Rock next year and are scheduled to play Missouri State in Fayetteville or Little Rock in 2021.

The Razorbacks are not under contract to play in Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium past 2018. Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long said earlier this year he has not yet had discussions to renew the contract past that season.

A $160 million expansion to the Razorbacks' on-campus stadium in Fayetteville is scheduled to be completed for the 2018 season, leading many to question whether Arkansas will continue to play in Little Rock past the existing contract.

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dunk7474 says... December 5, 2016 at 4:35 p.m.

Hope we have a new coach and A.D. by then. The two bozos we now pay are worthless.

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ozena says... December 5, 2016 at 5:09 p.m.

Yeah, trade them for whoever they got at Portland or Florida A&M or maybe some juco upcomers.

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haphog says... December 5, 2016 at 5:33 p.m.

Gosh, Little Sisters of the Poor U. must have had a full schedule for that year.

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hurricane46 says... December 5, 2016 at 6:53 p.m.

Wow Portland State, I think ASU opens with Georgia, maybe they should swap opponents.

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arkateacher54_aol.com says... December 5, 2016 at 7:20 p.m.

We have two perfectly good potential opponents right in Arkansas that make an infinitely more interesting matchup than these dumb teams we play - A State and UCA. Heck if we can play Alcorn we could play UAPB.

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Delta2 says... December 5, 2016 at 7:46 p.m.

I've got to throw in with arkateacher...it's hard to take UAF seriously as anything more than a low-mid level SEC program when they are afraid of playing ASU. Glad I didn't go to school up there.

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95Dakota says... December 5, 2016 at 8:43 p.m.

First off, I'm a bit slow on sports and franchise strategy, I admit. But I fail to see why this story is (sports) news. Why would a Hog fan care about this right now?

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TravisBickle says... December 5, 2016 at 11:22 p.m.

Great! That's what all marquee programs do, open with an FCS cupcake.

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Jfish says... December 6, 2016 at 3:45 a.m.

Where is Portland State?

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GoBigRed says... December 6, 2016 at 8:14 a.m.

I bet we are paying them close to a million dollars to hopefully win (not a guarantee with Arkansas) Get someone who will play another Arkansas team and keep the money in state.

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