Arkansas has finally agreed to play an in-state school, although it’s not the one many have been clamoring for in recent years.
Interestingly enough, Arkansas announced a two-game non-conference series against Arkansas–Pine Bluff on Wednesday. This series will mark the first time the Razorbacks will meet an in-state school on the football field in 65 years.
The first game of the series will take place Oct. 23, 2021, with the second game scheduled for Aug. 31, 2024. Both games will be home games for the Razorbacks and will be played in Fayetteville.
“As the flagship institution within our state, scheduling games with our sister institutions is an opportunity for us to enhance interest in college football throughout our state while supporting other schools within the University of Arkansas system,” University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek said via statement. “We have already witnessed the anticipation these meetings have created in a number of our other sports. This new football series between Arkansas and UAPB will only add to the excitement for these matchups.”
What this means for a potential Arkansas-Arkansas State series, if anything, remains to be seen but at least Arkansas has now proven it is willing to play an in-state school in football with this move.