FAYETTEVILLE — The Southeastern Conference is scheduled to release its 2014 football schedule Wednesday.
One report indicates it also will change Arkansas' season-ending opponent.
The Baton Rouge Advocate, citing a source, said that LSU will close the 2014 regular season at Texas A&M on Thanksgiving night. It will end the Thanksgiving weekend game between Arkansas and LSU, which had been played since the Razorbacks joined the SEC in 1992.
The change is no surprise. LSU-Texas A&M had been rumored as a Thanksgiving weekend matchup since the Aggies joined the conference. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva told the Baton Rouge Advocate in May 2012 that Texas A&M would replace Arkansas as LSU’s final game. Arkansas-LSU would then be played “in the middle somewhere” beginning in 2014.
“The SEC office was not aware of any discussions of those type,” Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said a couple of weeks later. “Arkansas certainly wasn’t aware. One of the traditions we have since coming into the league has been playing LSU the last game of the year. From our standpoint, we see that continuing.”
Long did acknowledge anything was possible at the time, though, with the SEC working to piece together 14-team schedules.
Arkansas is 8-13 against LSU since joining the SEC. Most of the games had been on the day after Thanksgiving and the series thrived in the national spotlight, producting plenty of fantastic finishes and high-profile games. It included Matt Jones' late touchdown pass to Miracle on Markham in 2002, Arkansas' triple-overtime win in 2007 in what proved to be former coach Houston Nutt's final game, and the matchup between teams ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in the BCS in 2011.
Arkansas and LSU will play in Baton Rouge on Nov. 29 this season.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau