Kick-off times set for Hogs’ first three football games


As SEC meetings take place next week in Destin, Fla., information about the upcoming football season is being released, such as kickoff times for the first three Arkansas Razorbacks football games. .

The Razorbacks open the season Sept. 3 with a marquee contest when the Cincinnati Bearcats arrive in Fayetteville for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff against the Hogs at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium which will be televised by ESPN.

It’s the first of a record seven home games at Razorback Stadium, and only the second time in 91 seasons the Razorbacks haven’t played a game in Little Rock. Arkansas did not play in the state capitol in 2020 due to a reduced SEC-booked schedule as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Bearcats are coming off an undefeated regular season that saw them become the first non-Power 5 team to play in the four-team college football playoffs, losing a first-round game to Alabama, 27-6.

The Razorbacks, who were 9-4 last fall, will start Week 2 of the season early with an 11 a.m. kickoff against the South Carolina Gamecocks on September 10 for the season opener. the Hogs SEC. The game will be televised by ESPN.

On September 17, former Razorback coach Bobby Petrino (2008-2011) will return to Razorback Stadium with his Missouri State Bears. The game will start at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast by SEC+/ESPN+.

The Razorbacks also know the kickoff time for their final game against Missouri. The Battle Line Rivalry will play at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 25 — the day after Thanksgiving — on CBS in Columbia, Mo.

Kick-off times for the remainder of the season will be announced two weeks to 10 days before matches.

In what is perhaps the toughest schedule the Razorbacks have played outside of the 10-game SEC schedule in 2020 due to Covid-19, the Hogs hit the road to Arlington, Texas to their annual neutral site game with Texas A&M on September 24. .

The Razorbacks next host Alabama, expected to be the No. 1 team in the nation at the start of the season, at Razorback Stadium on October 1.

If that game wasn’t tough enough, the Hogs’ October schedule gets brutal for coach Sam Pittman’s Hogs with three road contests broken up with an open date on October 22.

The Razorbacks travel to Starkville, Mississippi to face Mississippi State on October 8, then travel to Provo, Utah to face Brigham Young on October 15. The Razorbacks have an open date before traveling to Auburn on Oct. 29 to face the Tigers.

It’s a grueling six-game midseason streak with four of five games away from the friendly confines of Razorback Stadium, and the only home game against Alabama, the program that has dominated college football for the past twelve last years.

Even though the Razorbacks are a better football team than they were last season, the way those five games are stacked up could make it difficult for the Hogs to tie or better last season’s record.

I am not trying to be negative with this comment but rather realistic. As the homer that I am, I hope I’m wrong. Some are predicting a 10-win season, and if that happens, I’ll be screaming “Sooie” as loud and as long as anyone.

Former Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze brings his Liberty Flames to Fayetteville on November 5.

The Razorbacks host LSU on Nov. 12 and new coach Brian Kelly, who is already stirring up dust by saying he wants to beat Nick Saban. Playing ‘Bama a few times during his tenure at Notre Dame didn’t go so well for him or the Fighting Irish. Why is he kicking a hive before he’s coached an SEC game, I’ll never know?

Ole Miss heads to Razorback Stadium on Nov. 19 for what, on paper, will look like a Pittman’s Hogs vs. Lane Kiffin’s Rebels fun.

As always since joining the SEC, the Razorbacks have one of the toughest and most entertaining schedules in college football, and I love that others can’t wait. Only 99 days and counting until the start of the season.

2022 Arkansas Football Schedule

September 3 – Cincinnati, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
September 10 – South Carolina, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
September 17 — Missouri State, 6 p.m. (ESPN+/SEC+)
September 24 – vs. Texas A&M, TBD
October 1st – Alabama, TBD
October 8 – to the State of Mississippi, TBA
October 15 – at BYU, to be confirmed
October 22 – goodbye week
October 29 – in Auburn, to be confirmed
November 5 – Freedom, to be determined
November 12 – LSU, TBD
November 19 – Ole Miss, TBD
November 25 – in Missouri, 2:30 p.m. (CBS)


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