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Arkansas, Rutgers agree to home-and-home

Tyler Wilson, Alvin Bailey, Jordan Voelker AP

West Virginia’s departure to the Big 12 has left Big East teams scrambling to fill another hole in their 2012 schedule. For Rutgers, that task got a little bit easier.

At the very least, they won’t have to play Syracuse twice.

The school announced today that the Scarlet Knights will be playing a home-and-home series with Arkansas this season and in 2013. A non-conference matchup between the two had been rumored for a while. Rutgers will visit Fayetteville this upcoming season, with the Razorbacks returning the favor in 2013. Both games will be played in September (Sept. 22, 2012 and Sept. 21, 2013).

Rutgers is 5-11-2 all-time vs. the SEC, with the last meeting being a 37-34 win over Vanderbilt in 2004. The Scarlet Knights still have one  more slot to fill because of WVU’s departure. However, the door remains open for a Boise State entry in 2012, which would give Big East teams another much-needed conference opponent.

Additionally, Arkansas announced that the LSU game scheduled for Nov. 24 will be played in Fayetteville — the first time the two have met at Arkansas’ campus since 1992.

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8 Responses to “Arkansas, Rutgers agree to home-and-home”
  1. thegamecocker says: Feb 17, 2012 12:18 PM

    We will now see how far Rutgers has come to the “Big Time” because the Arkansas Hogs are as big and good as it gets. They truly represent a strong SEC team and are good enough to challenge for the NC next season. Rutgers has recruited very well and this will better prepare them for ANY team in the Big East. It’s going to be a challenge for sure but Rutgers will fight to the very end!

  2. helenh777 says: Feb 17, 2012 1:16 PM

    I look forward to seeing that game. However, is it not funny that a Big East team has found someone else to play them when FSU can not do the same . Is Arkensas also not good enough for you? Maybe you are not good enough for them!!!

    Remember, WVA does not have Coach Stewart and you do not have Coach Bowden. You do have that guy, a you know, Jimbo. Good luck with that.We will see just how great you are again next year.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Feb 17, 2012 1:51 PM

    Sure, the hogs just got a freeby game instead of scheduling a real game with someone like Florida State.

  4. thraiderskin says: Feb 17, 2012 1:55 PM

    certaintly not a cake-walk, definitely makes for a better game than most out-of-conference games at other schools.

  5. thegamecocker says: Feb 17, 2012 2:14 PM

    @thefiesty1

    Obviously, you know NOTHING about college football. While the Scarlet Knights will no doubt be the underdog, they will give the ‘Backs a good game. They are a veteran team with depth. BTW, West Virginia put a whooping on the ACC Chumps, Clemson Tigers. Don’t sell any Big East team short. They’ll show up and give a respectful showing. Fla St recruits well….but that’s it. They don’t coach em up! Rutgers does…..

  6. theroc5156 says: Feb 17, 2012 3:25 PM

    How come FSU won’t schedule a home and home with Rutgers?

  7. thegamecocker says: Feb 17, 2012 3:54 PM

    @theroc5156

    I don’t know that either school has ever approached that. Only the AD’s would know something like that. But I like that RU is playing Arkansas. It’ll make RU a better team down the road and that’s always good. Wouldn’t mind playing FSU. Would rather play them than say a Norfolk St., Morgan St., etc. Playing those “gimmee” games just pads the “W” column but it doesn’t make you better.

  8. rollteal says: Feb 17, 2012 8:19 PM

    I’m sure FSU will have no problem finding a quality opponent. FSU doesn’t have problems playing teams on the road or any where and never has unlike other teams in the sunshine state that reside in the SEC. Plus they didn’t back out of the game with WVu. So congrats to Arkansas for getting right on it and doing the home and home with RU.

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