FAYETTEVILLE — The 2014 Southeastern Conference schedule has been announced and Arkansas has lost LSU as its Thanksgiving weekend opponent.
But the Razorbacks may not have to move out of the Friday after Thanksgiving spot.
Arkansas will travel to Missouri for its final regular season game in 2014. It will become the first meeting between the schools — who are closest in proximity in the SEC — since Missouri joined the conference for the 2012 season.
Arkansas and LSU had played on Thanksgiving weekend every year since the Razorbacks joined the SEC in 1992. Most of the games had been played the Friday after Thanksgiving, which had become a valuable time slot to Arkansas because it put the game in a nationally televised slot on CBS.
Arkansas and the SEC both list the Missouri game as being played on Nov. 29, 2014, which is the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Missouri, however, has Nov. 28 penciled in. It would be no surprise if the game moved – Arkansas-LSU always was penciled in as the Saturday after Thanksgiving before being shifted to Friday by CBS.
Picking up Missouri isn’t the only noteworthy item for 2014.
• Arkansas will open the season at Auburn on Aug. 30, pushing the Razorbacks into conference play immediately. It will be the first time for Arkansas to open the season against a conference opponent since joining the SEC in 1992.
• The Razorbacks will travel plenty the first month of the season. Arkansas opens with a road game (at Auburn), plays a home game at Nicholls State, travels to Texas Tech, plays home against Nicholls State, then travels to Arlington, Texas, to play Texas A&M. Little Rock games aren’t listed in the schedule, but Nicholls State or Northern Illinois could be selected as a Little Rock game. If so, it would mean the Razorbacks play one of their first five games in Razorback Stadium.
• The Razorbacks will play Georgia for the first time since 2010. The Bulldogs are the Razorbacks’ rotating SEC East opponent in the current 6-1-1 format (6 SEC West opponents, 1 permanent SEC East, 1 rotating SEC East).
• Arkansas will play a nonconference game against Alabama-Birmingham on Oct. 25. UAB is coached by former Arkansas offensive coordinator Garrick McGee. The other nonconference opponents are Nicholls State (Sept. 6), at Texas Tech (Sept. 13) and Northern Illinois (Sept. 20).
• The Razorbacks have two bye weeks scheduled for Oct. 4 and Nov. 8. The bye weeks come at a nice time, considering the Razorbacks then play Alabama (Oct. 11) and LSU (Nov. 15) at home coming off byes.
• Arkansas does not have South Carolina on the schedule. The teams had met as permanent SEC opponents since entering the conference together in 1992. The Gamecocks have picked up Texas A&M as its new SEC West permanent opponent.
Below is the full 12-game schedule:
2014 ARKANSAS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 30 at Auburn
Sept. 6 Nicholls State
Sept. 13 at Texas Tech
Sept. 20 Northern Illinois
Sept. 27 vs. Texas A&M (Arlington, Texas)
Oct. 11 Alabama
Oct. 18 Georgia
Oct. 25 Alabama-Birmingham
Nov. 1 at Mississippi State
Nov. 15 LSU
Nov. 22 Ole Miss
Nov. 29 at Missouri