Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Arkansas-Missouri moved to Black Friday
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema watches his team warm up during practice Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE The first conference football game between Arkansas and Missouri will be played the day after Thanksgiving.
CBS will televise the Nov. 28 game between the Razorbacks and Tigers in Columbia, Mo., beginning at 1:30 p.m. It is the 17th time in 19 seasons Arkansas is scheduled to play a game on the final Friday of the regular season, but first against a team other than LSU.
The SEC moved the Arkansas-Missouri game to the regular season finale in hopes the schools, located about five hours from one another, would form a rivalry on the gridiron. The Razorbacks and Tigers last played in the 2008 Cotton Bowl when Missouri was a member of the Big 12.
Arkansas now knows three of its game times for the upcoming season. The Razorbacks will open the season with consecutive 3 p.m. games against Auburn and Nicholls State on the newly-formed SEC Network.