Hogs 2013 SEC Schedule Released; Difficult Road Tests Await
The SEC has released its 2013 conference schedule and Arkansas may have the toughest road slate of any SEC team.
Arkansas plays at Florida on October 5, at Alabama on October 19, and at LSU on November 30. All three of those teams are currently ranked in the top 6 of the BCS Standings. The other away game is against Ole Miss on November 9.
The home schedule starts on September 28th against Texas A&M before the rivalry heads back to Arlington, Texas in 2014.
Other home games include South Carolina on October 12, Auburn on November 2, and Mississippi State on November 23 in Little Rock.
With the new 14-team format schools can only play two games against the opposite division. Arkansas drew perhaps the two best teams from the East Division. Florida is ranked 2nd in the BCS right now and South Carolina is ranked 7th.
Each team has one protected cross-over game with the other division. It was rumored that Arkansas’ protected cross-over game would be with Missouri, but the Tigers are off the schedule and South Carolina remains. However this 2013 schedule is being called a “bridge” and won’t reflect future scheduling. School Athletic Directors will meet this spring to discuss 2014 and beyond, so Missouri may still be a future cross-over game.
2012 is certainly no indication of what 2013 will bring,but looking at the schedule now, 2013 will be a brutal slate for the Hogs; at #1 Alabama, at #2 Florida, at #6 LSU, home against #7 South Carolina.
The new coach already has his work cut out for him.
Here’s the 2013 schedule in it’s entirety:
Aug. 31 – Louisiana-Lafayette (Fayetteville)
Sept. 7 – Samford (Little Rock)
Sept. 14 – Southern Miss (Fayetteville)
Sept. 21 – at Rutgers (Piscataway, N.J.)
Sept. 28 – Texas A&M (Fayetteville)
Oct. 5 – at Florida (Gainesville, Fla.)
Oct. 12 – South Carolina (Fayetteville)
Oct. 19 – at Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Oct. 26 – Bye Week
Nov. 2 – Auburn (Fayetteville)
Nov. 9 – at Ole Miss (Oxford, Miss.)
Nov. 16 – Bye Week
Nov. 23 – Mississippi State (Little Rock)
Nov. 30 – at LSU (Baton Rouge, La.)