Fayetteville, Ark. – University of Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema recently acknowledged ongoing discussions with Texas Tech about a future gridiron match-up between the two former Southwest Conference members.
Should the game come to fruition with the Hogs taking the field against TTU, this would be the first pairing of the quasi former conference rivals since 1991, when the Razorbacks left the SWC for the SEC. Arkansas owns an all-time record of 28-7 against the Red Raiders perhaps making the games more intriguing for Texas Tech fans than for Razorback Nation.
Bielema commented on the possible game on an in-state sports talk show hosted by Bo Mattingly. Bielema commented on the holdup preventing the series from becoming official stating, “There has been a lot of hesitation since I’ve been here because we haven’t gotten the 2014 SEC schedule. Until that kind of gets finalized and ’15 gets finalized, we can’t move forward, but there are a lot of interesting possibilities out there — some things I know will excite our fan base in more than one way.”
The Red Raiders will look to recapture success found under former head coach Mike Leach (2000-2009) with the addition of new head coach Kliff Kingsburry. Leach took TTU to national prominence with a high-scoring offense capturing one improbable Big 12 title in 2008. Kingsburry was part of Texas A&M’s successful first-year campaign in the SEC as the team’s offensive coordinator seeing them beat eventual national champions Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
The addition of Texas Tech to the schedule will add a BCS level team to the schedule from a state the Hogs can use all of the recruiting exposure possible. Should the potential series take place Arkansas would add another visit to the state of Texas along with playing SEC West opponent Texas A&M in Dallas annually starting in 2015 going forward.