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Arkansas, Southern Miss announce non-con game in 2013

Ellis Johnson AP

In 2013, Southern Miss will play one of the toughest non-conference schedules in college football with games against Nebraska (home) and Boise State (road). Now, they’ve added a SEC opponent to that list.

USM athletic director Jeff Hammond announced the Golden Eagles will travel to Arkansas on Sept. 14 as well.

“We look forward to the challenge of going to Fayetteville in 2013 to face a strong Southeastern Conference opponent in the University of Arkansas,” Hammond said in a statement. “Playing quality opponents it helps with our national exposure as well as a new regional rivalry that allows our fan base an opportunity to see their team play. We are not strangers to playing teams in the SEC and now we can add Arkansas to that long list.”

The game will be the first-ever meeting between the two. Arkansas already has a non-conference game with Rutgers scheduled for the following weekend, Sept. 21.

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12 Responses to “Arkansas, Southern Miss announce non-con game in 2013”
  1. mountaineer50415 says: Jun 15, 2012 8:21 AM

    Hats off to Southern Miss. Unlike FSU they have no trouble finding people to play them. Good luck and may there be no severe injuries.

  2. bertenheim says: Jun 15, 2012 9:36 AM

    Of course Arkansas wouldn’t agree to a home-and-home. I hope Southern Miss squeezed everything they could out of the deal.

  3. kozbee says: Jun 15, 2012 9:36 AM

    I like the Golden Eagles,imo they will play anyone anywhere.They have played teams in the SEC in the past and can score as well.The way Arkansas is this season trouble and all they will have to get ready for that game in 2013.Im a SEC fan but have always liked to watch Southern Miss. play.Hope them well and Ark you better get ready for hard out of conference game.By the way i heard the bidder on B.P`s Harley said hes leaving it as it is.Get that Harley fixed up,who knows who you might run into on the road.Get that blonde on the tank and y`all be looking each other in the face,no wonder he wrecked..

  4. stairwayto7 says: Jun 15, 2012 10:08 AM

    Hey Arkansas, how about playing Southern Cal, Oregon, Nebraska or Michigan in a home and home series!

  5. halbert53 says: Jun 15, 2012 10:37 AM

    The difference is that for USC, Oregon, Michigan etc. is that Arkansas would typically be those teams toughest opponent. For Arkansas, it would be just another day at work in the SEC West.

  6. bertenheim says: Jun 15, 2012 2:06 PM

    And Arkansas would be an underdog in each of those games, as would every other SEC team outside of LSU and Alabama.

  7. choochoorider says: Jun 15, 2012 2:06 PM

    Well put halbert53

  8. bertenheim says: Jun 15, 2012 2:18 PM

    hu-bris, n: overbearing pride; arrogance

  9. halbert53 says: Jun 15, 2012 4:13 PM

    Couple years ago, lowly Miss. State waxed Michigan and ended Rich Rodriguez era there, so Ark would be favored that game. Nebraska used to be good but hasn’t been a national power in ages; Ark would win that game. Oregon lost in neutral site to LSU, the same LSU that struggled to get across midfield against ALA in national championship game. Oregon in a good year would finish in the middle of SEC West. USC and Stanford last couple of years would be competitive in SEC West. Boise State can win an isolated game against some SEC teams, but the reality is that there’s a big difference between an isolated game and playing a regular SEC West schedule. Oregon, BSU, Nebraska don’t play against tough defenses week in, week out. That is why, for example, Oregon would run out of steam in the SEC West. I do think you are right in comparing the top team in the PAC 12 to the No. 3 team in the SEC West, that would have made a decent game.

  10. bertenheim says: Jun 15, 2012 7:05 PM

    Quit hiding behind Alabama and LSU. Put those two in the NFL and the SEC is no better than The Big XII, Big Ten or Pac 12.

  11. jimbo75025 says: Jun 16, 2012 6:54 AM

    bertenheim says:
    Jun 15, 2012 7:05 PM
    Quit hiding behind Alabama and LSU. Put those two in the NFL and the SEC is no better than The Big XII, Big Ten or Pac 12.
    Interesting statement, but every conference has a few good teams and then a bunch of decent ones. Could you not say the same about the Big 12 with Texas and Ok, the Big 10 with Ohio St and Michigan, or the P12 with USC and Oregon?

    The SEC has had two powerhouse teams for a long time-whether it was UT and UF in the 90’s, UF-LSU in the 00’s, and now LSU-AL.

    I believe it was the noted philospher Ric Flair who said “to be the man, you have to beat the man”. New year, new season coming in 2-3 months so just have to see if someone can knock off the SEC this year. Much like boxing though, it is hard to take the champs belt without knocking him out so there will most likely be another SEC team in the NC game again.

  12. halbert53 says: Jun 16, 2012 2:28 PM

    Hate to say the obvious but four different SEC schools (Florida, Auburn, Alabama and LSU) have won the championship during the last six years. None was able to repeat as SEC champion (and none was able to repeat as SEC West division, for the three in that division), because of the strength and depth of the conference. No need to hide behind Alabama and LSU. If the top 6 from the SEC played their counterparts from any other conference, in a typical year SEC would do no worse than 4-2 but better than that most years.

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