FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas and Texas Tech have finalized plans to play in 2014 and 2015. Both schools announced the nonconference series Wednesday.
The Razorbacks will travel to play Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, on Sept. 13, 2014. The teams will meet in Fayetteville on Sept. 19, 2015.
The addition of Texas Tech gives us a quality non-conference opponent for the first two years when the world of college football changes with the playoffs in 2014, Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said in a press release. We anticipate strength of schedule being a factor in deciding which teams are selected and feel adding Texas Tech to our already strong conference schedule puts us in a great position in that regard. There is a tremendous amount of excitement around our program, and this is a matchup our fans can look forward to.
The series will be the first for the former conference foes since Arkansas left the Southwest Conference after the 1991 season. Texas Tech won the last meeting 38-21 that season.
Arkansas leads the all-time series 28-7, which includes a 15-2 record in Lubbock and 6-2 mark in Fayetteville.
"We are thrilled to begin a home-and-home series with the University of Arkansas," Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt said in a news release. "Texas Tech and Arkansas had many memorable games while conference foes in the Southwest Conference, so this should be very exciting for the fans. We feel like we will be placing ourselves in great position as we kickoff the College Football Playoff era in 2014, with a non-conference opponent the caliber of Arkansas and a challenging Big 12 schedule."
The series also will continue to give Arkansas a big presence in Texas the next few years.
The Razorbacks have scheduled another home-and-home nonconference series with Texas Christian that will be played in 2016 and 2017. Its annual Southeastern Conference game against Texas A&M also returns to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in 2014. It means Arkansas will play two games in Texas in 2014 (at Texas Tech, vs. Texas A&M) and 2016 (at TCU, vs. Texas A&M).
The Razorbacks also have games scheduled with Michigan (2018, 2019) and Texas (2021).
Robbie Neiswanger Arkansas News Bureau