Wed July 10, 2024

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Arkansas' Football Schedule challenging one, but offers a chance for success

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Arkansas' Football Schedule challenging one, but offers a chance for success
By Otis Kirk

FAYETTEVILLE -- The 2024 football schedule for the University of Arkansas is one that will present challenges as any SEC slate tends to do, but also has some possibilities for the Razorbacks to have some success.

The obvious positives with the schedule is that there's no Alabama, Georgia or Oklahoma on it. Alabama and Georgia have basically turned into automatic losses for the Hogs when they faced them in recent years. While Oklahoma isn't on the schedule, Texas is, and by all accounts the Longhorns are the better team at this time. But Arkansas has played well against Texas since leaving the Southwest Conference.

Arkansas opens the season on Thursday, Aug. 29, in Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium against UAPB at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The schedule toughens up after that game.

September brings four games including three away from Fayetteville. How Arkansas does in the UAPB and four September game could set the tone for the entire season. After September, Arkansas will only leave Fayetteville twice to play a game.

The September schedule includes a trip to Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. on ABC the first Saturday of the month. On Sept. 14 Arkansas will return home to host UAB at 3:15 p.m. on the SEC Network. The Sept. 21 game at Auburn has a kickoff time yet to be determined. The Hog finish up the month in Arlington at AT&T Stadium against Texas A&M with an afternoon game. An exact kickoff time to be determined.

Assuming Arkansas beats UAPB and UAB, it is a must they come out of September with a record of at least 3-2. That would include winning one of the road games or the so-called neutral site in Arlington. They will be the underdog in each of those three games.

The Razorbacks will play three times in October with two of those games in Fayetteville. Included in the schedule is a bye following Tennessee on Oct. 5 prior to the Oct. 19 contest against LSU. Both games are in Razorback Stadium. On Oct. 26 the Hogs will head to Mississippi State.

Four games are slated for November and once again the first three will be in Fayetteville. Arkansas will host Ole Miss on Saturday, Nov. 2. The Hogs receive a second bye of the season on Saturday, Nov. 9. That bye falls before Texas returns to Razorback Stadium Nov. 16. The Hogs finish up non-conference play on Nov. 23 when Louisiana Tech comes to Fayetteville. The final game of the regular season will be at Missouri on Saturday, Nov. 30.

The Razorbacks have never lost following a bye week under Sam Pittman. Facing LSU and Texas that mark will be challenged this year. But if Arkansas can find some success in September and then play much better at home than last year they have a chance for some positive happenings in 2024.