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Arkansas-Texas Tech Set For National TV
Arkansas' announced Thursday that its game at Texas Tech on Sept. 13 will be televised nationally by either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
The kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. in Lubbock and will be the first game between the two schools since 1991 when both were in the Southwest Conference.
The Red Raiders – who were 8-5 overall and 4-5 last season in Big 12 action - will then visit the Razorbacks on Sept. 19, 2015 in the second game of the two-year deal.
"The addition of Texas Tech gives us a quality non-conference opponent for the first two years when the world of college football changes with the playoffs in 2014," Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said in a press release last May when the series was announced.
"We anticipate strength of schedule being a factor in deciding which teams are selected and feel adding Texas Tech to our already strong conference schedule puts us in a great position in that regard," Bielema added. "There is a tremendous amount of excitement around our program, and this is a matchup our fans can look forward to."
Texas Tech opened last season 7-0, but lost the next five straight before downing Arizona State 37-23 in the Holiday Bowl behind quarterback Davis Webb's four touchdown passes.
The Red Raiders will open head coach Kliff Kinsbury's second season at the helm on Aug. 30 when they host the University of Central Arkansas and then go to UTEP before facing the Razorbacks.
Arkansas has dominated the series to the tune of 28-7 since the first meeting back in 1957 and owns a 15-2 edge in games played in Lubbock.
Texas Tech did beat Arkansas 38-21 in the last meeting between the two and Red Raiders athletic director Kirby Hocutt is excited about resuming the series.
"We are thrilled to begin a home-and-home series with the University of Arkansas," Hocutt said in a news release. "Texas Tech and Arkansas had many memorable games while conference foes in the Southwest Conference, so this should be very exciting for the fans. We feel like we will be placing ourselves in great position as we kickoff the College Football Playoff era in 2014, with a non-conference opponent the caliber of Arkansas and a challenging Big 12 schedule."
Arkansas has also set up another two-year series with another former SWC foe in TCU, who will a game in Fort Worth in 2016 and another in Fayetteville in 2017.
The Razorbacks also have a non-conference series contracted with Michigan in 2018 and 2019 and a home game schedule with Texas in 2021.
The other start times announced so far for the 2014 season include 3 p.m. starts at Auburn on Aug. 30 on the SEC Network and the home opener with Nicholls State on Sept. 7 as well as a Nov. 28 game at Missouri that begins at 1:30 p.m.
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