Arkansas will 'never' play Arkansas State, according to Bret Bielema
When Michigan announced plans to renew its annual series with Notre Dame in early July, the unfortunate victim dropped from the Wolverines’ future schedules in 2018 and 2019 was Arkansas.
Of course Arkansas AD Jeff Long did not appreciate the cancellation, nor did head coach Bret Bielema – who found the Razorbacks vs. Michigan scheduled games to be just as “sexy” as the Wolverines vs. the Fighting Irish.
Now with two open dates in the near future of the Hogs’ non-conference slate, will Arkansas consider playing in-state school Arkansas State? While speaking at a northwest Arkansas golf club tournament, Bielema said there’s no chance that’s going to happen.
“No,” said Bielema, according to Chad Neipling of Gridiron Now. “Never. Never.”
The two programs have never met on the field and judging from Bielema’s comments, don’t expect that to change any time soon.
The Razorbacks currently do not have any scheduled Power 5 opponents before 2021 on the schedule beyond its home-and-home series with TCU – the Razorbacks are set to host TCU in Fayetteville in 2017 and Texas in 2021. By SEC rules, each league team must play at least one Power 5 non-conference opponent per season.