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ESPN picks up Arkansas-Rutgers
Arkansas defensive end Trey Flowers, left, pursues Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova (15) in the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas' game next Saturday at Rutgers will be televised by ESPN.
The game, which is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff, will be the Razorbacks' first in the Northeast since a trip to Fordham in 1940. The Razorbacks will be the first SEC team to ever visit the Scarlet Knights' campus in Piscataway, N.J.
Rutgers (2-1) is coming off a 28-10 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday in which starting quarterback Gary Nova was injured in the first half. Nova's injury wasn't disclosed after the game and it's unknown whether he will be available for the game against Arkansas.
Nova threw a career-high 5 touchdown passes in Rutgers' 35-26 win at Arkansas last year. This year's game is the last of a two-year agreement between the teams.
The Razorbacks (3-0) also lost their starting quarterback Saturday in a 24-3 win over Southern Miss. Brandon Allen left the game in the first quarter with a bruised shoulder, but Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema said he expected the sophomore to be back in the lineup next weekend.
The 2:30 p.m. game will go head-to-head with the SEC's premier game next week, a matchup between Florida and Tennessee on CBS. SEC TV rules state games can't be played opposite the CBS game of the week, but because the game is at Rutgers, American Athletic Conference (formerly Big East) TV rules apply.