Morning kickoff for Hogs-Aggies

By: Matt Jones
Published: Monday, September 11, 2017
The large video screen shows the Arkansas and Texas A&M logos before an NCAA college football game at AT&T Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
The large video screen shows the Arkansas and Texas A&M logos before an NCAA college football game at AT&T Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)

— Arkansas and Texas A&M will get a rare early start for this year's Southwest Classic.

The game between the Razorbacks and Aggies will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23. ESPN will televise the game.

It is only the second morning kickoff since Arkansas and Texas A&M began playing at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in 2009. The last two games have had late start times, including an 8:15 p.m. kickoff last season.

The Razorbacks and Aggies - both 1-1 overall - have struggled early this season. After blowing a 34-point second half lead to UCLA in its opener, Texas A&M scored 10 points late to beat Nicholls State 24-14 over the weekend, while Arkansas lost 28-7 at home to TCU.

Texas A&M is scheduled to host Louisiana-Lafayette this week and the Razorbacks have the week off. The Southwest Classic will serve as the SEC opener for both teams.

The Aggies have won all five games in the series since joining the SEC, including three straight at the Dallas Cowboys' home stadium where the teams are scheduled to play through 2024. The 2012 and 2013 games were moved to the teams' campuses after Texas A&M's change in conferences.

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