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Missouri Vs Arkansas 2014: A Friday Or Saturday Affair?

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:

mu schedule

 

But on the Razorbacks’ official site, the game is scheduled for Saturday, November 29th:

 

ua schedule

 

So what does the SEC have to say about this one?  They list it as a Saturday, November 29th game:

 

sec schedule

 

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.

 


5 comments
bpa_kc
bpa_kc

As a Missouri fan, I am very happy to see the switch in cross division rivalry.  I almost wish it was at Fayetteville though as that would be a close SEC road game for me to go to. 

In any event, we had more than 100 years to develop hatred for the Beakers...  so I don't think anything will replace that level of rivalry... but I think Arky/Mizzou could become a nice rivalry several years from now.  It definitley makes a LOT more sense then Arky/USCe or MU/A&M... 

ArkansaSEC Razorbacks
ArkansaSEC Razorbacks

As an Arkansas fan, three main things stick out:

(1) A marque game week 1 vs. Auburn is awesome. That will be one of the clashes the national media will be talking about all summer and will do wonders in recruiting/hype for the season.

(2) It truly is going to be nice having Missouri as a permanent cross division game so close to home every other year. Contrary to what many people say, Missouri is a great fit for the conference and I'm looking forward to calling the hogs in Columbia for years to come.

(3) Like everyone else, very disappointed in the date change of the LSU game.

Having lived out of the SEC footprint for several years, LSU week is one of the few times each season we have gotten legitimate coverage. As stated numerous times, the exposure our program gained with that game the day after Thanksgiving was immeasurable in many ways. Think of it in these terms:

Lets say Arkansas, LSU, and TAMU are all three recruiting the same player and are trying to make a lasting impression on him during the last week of the regular season. When he is trying to decide which official visit to take that weekend, it is going to be much more difficult to get him on campus because the LSU/TAMU match-up will easily over-shadow ours. Now we are playing second fiddle during one of the most important recruiting weekends of the year against a program that, like Arkansas, doesn't get mentioned much outside of its state boundary.

The real winner in this whole thing is TAMU. They have stolen the show during the last week of the season and will use that against us in recruiting. I would imagine these kinds of things are above Jeff Long's head. In exchange for the massive recruiting set-back, at least he was able to negotiate a big time game to open the season as well as bye weeks before Bama & LSU.

It is just frustrating that we (like USC) were outcasts for two decades. There was absolutely no effort to welcome us to the SEC club and do things to make the transition smooth. It took us a long time to finally develop a marque game that the whole country enjoyed and to see it relegated to 2nd tier status puts a bitter taste in my mouth.

The scenario that would be best for everyone would be to have ESPN press TAMU/Texas and Mizzou/UK back into their end of season finales (just like UGA/GT, FLA/FSU, USC/Clemson) and allow the ARK/LSU to resume just after Thanksgiving. That would be something each fan base could rally behind while actually producing more premier games for television. I hope the league office will push for this to happen and stop playing favorites with the folks from College Station. I remember hearing that the only way the conference would expand is if it was good for each member institution. So far, that has been nothing but hot air.

Mike007
Mike007

It will replace the Army-Navy game as the annual "Who Cares Bowl."

5LittlePiggies
5LittlePiggies

If the ugliness from the two basketball games last season spill over into football, this could very quickly become a heated rivalry.  I know Twitter-ville got pretty nasty.  

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