Missouri to host Arkansas in 2014 football season

The Missouri Tigers will finally get a Southeastern Conference game against Arkansas.

Missouri’s 2014 SEC football schedule was released Wednesday and it includes Missouri’s first regular season game against Arkansas since 1963 on Nov. 28. It’s the first trip to Columbia for Arkansas since 1906.

Missouri’s other conference home games include Georgia (Oct. 11), Vanderbilt (Oct. 25) and Kentucky (Nov. 1).

The Tigers’ conference road games are South Carolina (Sept. 27), Florida (Oct. 18), Texas A&M (Nov. 15) and Tennessee (Nov. 22). Missouri opens the year with nonconference games at home against South Dakota State (Aug. 30) at Toledo (Sept. 6), home vs. Central Florida (Sept. 13) and home against Indiana (Sept. 20).

Missouri originally listed the game against Arkansas as being Friday, Nov. 27, but the SEC said that game will take place Nov. 28. It is still a possibility the game will be moved to Nov. 27 for TV purposes, but that will be decided at a later date.

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South Carolina will host Texas A&M next year in the first conference football game to be televised on the Southeastern Conference Network.

The league released its full 2014 league schedule Wednesday, which includes eight games for all 14 teams. The schedule uses a 6-1-1 format that includes six games against all division opponents, one permanent non-divisional opponent and one rotating non-divisional opponent.

The SEC Network is scheduled to debut Aug. 21, 2014, and will have one week on air to prepare for the South Carolina-Texas A&M showdown Aug. 28.

The SEC’s leadership is reviewing the scheduling process and changes could be made by 2016.

“The SEC Presidents and Chancellors have committed to a review of football scheduling to be completed in time for preparation of the 2016 schedule,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in the release. “The objective of this review is to develop a scheduling format for the 2016 season and beyond, which will be in the best interests of the conference.”

There are 14 weekends in the 2014 season, giving each team 12 games and two off weeks. There is at least one conference game during all 14 weeks.

The league’s championship game will be played at the Georgia Dome for the 23rd consecutive year Dec. 6, 2014.

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