Razorbacks travel to #6 Auburn to open 2014 season
FAYETTEVILLE (ArkansasRazorbacks.com) - The University of Arkansas opens its 121st season of football on Saturday afternoon when the Razorbacks travel to face No. 6 Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will kick off at 3:00 p.m. CDT and be nationally televised on SEC Network.
Arkansas will play the toughest schedule in the nation in 2014 according to the NCAA, with its opponents combining for a 103-54 (.656) record in 2013.
Head coach @BretBielema is 8-0 all-time in season-opening games as a head coach, including last year's 34-14 win over Louisiana.
In @BretBielema's eight season-opening victories, he has defeated his opponents by an average score of 18.8 points per game.
The @RazorbackFB team opens the season on the road for the first time since 1999 when Arkansas won at SMU, 26-0.
Arkansas has won three of its past four at Auburn, including two of those against ranked Tiger teams.
The 2014 campaign marks the 121st season of football at the University of Arkansas. Over the past 120 years, the Razorbacks have compiled a record of 684-468-40 (.594).
Arkansas plays seven games against the preseason Associated Press Top 25, tied for the most in the nation with Auburn. The Razorbacks will play No. 2 Alabama, at No. 5 Auburn, No. 12 Georgia, No. 13 LSU, No. 18 Ole Miss, vs. No. 21 Texas A&M and at No. 24 Missouri.
The Razorbacks are the only team in the nation to play seven conference games against teams ranked in the preseason Top 25.
Bielema is 2-0 in season-openers on the road, posting a 35-14 win at Bowling Green in his head coaching debut in 2006 and a 41-21 victory at UNLV in 2010.
Arkansas has won seven consecutive season-openers and 15 of its last 16 games to open the year. The Razorbacks are 94-22-4 (.800) all-time in season openers.
Saturday marks the first time Arkansas has opened the season with a conference game since 1980, when the Razorbacks played Texas to open the Southwest Conference campaign.
The last time Arkansas played an Auburn squad ranked in the top five was 2006 when the Hogs upset the No. 2 Tigers 27-10 behind a 28 carry, 145 yard performance by RB Darren McFadden.
August 30 matches the earliest date a season has started in the 121-year history of Razorback football. The Hogs posted wins on the date in 2001 over UNLV and in 2008 against Western Illinois.
The last time Arkansas opened the season against a team coming off a BCS National Championship Game appearance was in 2006, when the Razorbacks fell to USC.
Arkansas' last win over a top five opponent was the 50-48 triple overtime thriller at LSU in 2007.
The Razorbacks will open its season on the road against a ranked opponent for the first time since 1980 when the Hogs fell 23-17 at No. 10 Texas.