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Rutgers, Arkansas agree to 2012-13 home-and-home

Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:49 am

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Two round scheduling holes -- one in the Big East, one in the SEC -- each found a round peg Friday as Rutgers and Arkansas officially agreed to play a home-and-home series starting this fall in Fayetteville.

Thanks to the latest round of conference realignment, both programs found themselves with gaps to fill in their 2012 slate--Rutgers needing a replacement for Big 12 defector West Virginia, and Arkansas one for Texas A&M, thanks to their nonconference series with the Aggies becoming a conference matchup instead. 

The agreement has been rumored for weeks, but became official with statements issued by both sides Friday morning. The 2012 meeting will be held at Arkansas's regular home stadium in Fayetteville on Sept. 22, 2012, with the return game set for Sept. 21, 2013. The game will mark the first-ever meeting between the schools and the first time any SEC program has made the trip to Piscataway.

“It is a constant priority to secure marquee scheduling opportunities for our football program and our fans,” Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti said. “This home-and-home series with Arkansas clearly illustrates another enhancement of that strategy ... This agreement further enhances our future non-conference game schedule which includes Penn State, Miami and UCLA.

“We are pleased to add a quality non-conference opponent like Rutgers to our 2012 football schedule,” Razorback athletic director Jeff Long said. “The additions of Texas A&M and Missouri and the delay in the release of the conference schedule posed some specific scheduling challenges for the 2012 season. We know that many other events around the state are contingent on the Razorback football schedule and we appreciate the patience of our fans as we worked through this process.”

The agreement completes Arkansas's 2012 schedule, while Rutgers still needs one additional conference opponent. With a rumored in-season rematch with Syracuse off the table, the Scarlet Knights -- like the rest of the Big East -- are no doubt hoping fervently that Boise State will swoop in to rescue the league schedule.

Arkansas also announced that it would be playing Ole Miss in Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium and LSU in Fayetteville. With Arkansas traditionally hosting LSU in Little Rock, the latter game will mark the Bayou Bengals' first visit to the Arkansas campus since the Hogs' inaugural SEC season in 1992.

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Since: Oct 29, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 5:36 pm
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Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 3:11 pm

Rutgers, Arkansas agree to 2012-13 home-and-home

They did not move the LSU game to Fayetteville to impress the LSU fans.  That is for damn sure.  I think you meant to say the LSU fans will be impressed with the A-whipping in Razorback Staddium with 72,000 watching versus 50,000?  Oh by the way, I hope in snows in the Ozarks that day to make the voodoo bengals fans even more impressed.  Hogs in New York sounds good.

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:45 pm

Rutgers, Arkansas agree to 2012-13 home-and-home

Cincinnati and Kentucky need to work out a similar deal, would be a nice local rivalry to pick back up.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:23 pm

Rutgers, Arkansas agree to 2012-13 home-and-home

Good news that this deal is finally done. Even better news that the LSU game has been moved to The Hill. Tiger fans should be impressed with Razorback Stadium.

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