Well, here’s an interesting little twist to today’s 2014 SEC schedule release — Arkansas and Missouri don’t seem to agree on when their season-ending game will actually be played.
On Mizzou’s official website, the Arkansas game in Columbia will be played on Friday, November 28th:
But on the Razorbacks’ official site, the game is scheduled for Saturday, November 29th:
So what does the SEC have to say about this one? They list it as a Saturday, November 29th game:
Missouri clearly wants the added exposure that a day-after-Thanksgiving game can bring. Recruits are at home watching television on that day. Arkansas officials know this, too, as they’ve enjoyed the Black Friday publicity they’ve received on numerous occasions by playing LSU on that date.
While the SEC has confirmed that their date is correct, we’ll go ahead and guess that the Arkansas/Missouri game will eventually wind up being played on Friday the 28th rather than on Saturday the 29th. Unless CBS decides it would rather move another SEC game to Black Friday. Auburn/Alabama, Mississippi State/Ole Miss and Tennessee/Vanderbilt are the other choices. CBS did carry the Iron Bowl on Black Friday in 2009 and 2010 before switching back to Arkansas/LSU in 2011.
But we see no reason why Arkansas or Missouri would not want to separate their game from the rest of the pack that will be played on the following day. If the SEC’s television partners will allow it.