Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double 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 Heisman Trophy.
Morning kickoff scheduled for Arkansas' game at Mississippi State
Arkansas coach Sam Pittman and Mississippi State coach Mike Leach talk before the start of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ Oct. 8 game at Mississippi State will kick off at 11 a.m. on SEC Network, according to the league’s football schedule that was updated Monday.
It will be the Razorbacks’ second morning start this season. Arkansas defeated South Carolina 44-30 on Sept. 10 at home.
The Mississippi State game will be the Razorbacks’ first true road game of the season. Arkansas played its first three games at home, lost 23-21 to Texas A&M on a neutral field last weekend and is scheduled to host Alabama on Saturday.
The Razorbacks have won two consecutive games against the Bulldogs. Arkansas won 21-14 in Starkville, Miss., in 2020 to record its first win under coach Sam Pittman and break a 20-game SEC losing streak. The Razorbacks defeated the Bulldogs 31-28 last season.
Arkansas (3-1, 1-1 SEC) is ranked 20th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll ahead of this week’s game against No. 2 Alabama.
Mississippi State (3-1, 0-1) is scheduled to host 17th-ranked Texas A&M this week.
SEC TV Schedule for Oct. 8
Tennessee at LSU, 11 a.m., ESPN
Arkansas at Mississippi State, 11 a.m., SEC Network
Missouri at Florida, 11 a.m., ESPNU
Auburn at Georgia, 2:30 p.m., CBS
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, 3 p.m., SEC Network
South Carolina at Kentucky, 6:30 p.m., SEC Network
Texas A&M at Alabama, 7 p.m., CBS
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