[Update] Razorbacks, Aggies Agree To Resume Southwest Classic In Cowboys Stadium

by Chris Bahn  on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 4:25 pm  

The Arkansas Razorbacks will face SEC rival Texas A&M at Cowboys Stadium once again when the Southwest Classic returns in 2014. (Photo by Mark Wagner)

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Arkansas and Texas A&M will resume the Southwest Classic in Cowboys Stadium beginning in 2014.

They'll play on-campus the next two seasons and have agreed to play in Arlington, Texas through 2024.

Arkansas Coach John L. Smith is a fan of the new arrangement. He cited the number of UA alumni and potential recruits in the area as a big reason to remain in Dallas.

"Having that presence is a plus, it’s a plus for us," Smith said. "It’s a game we should have. People say well, we don’t get a [home game]. Well, it really is a home game. We have to treat it as such. We have to make our players, fans believe it as such. It’s a plus for us to have that presence."

Speaking of home games...

So, for now, the Razorbacks are back to the three home stadium approach. That means unless something changes, they'll be spreading four home conference games over three stadiums in two states every other year.

Here's what I wrote about this prospect last September:

So, it’s settled. Everybody wins in the Metroplex!

Well …

There is one potential — and significant — downside. Arkansas really doesn’t have enough quality games to go around.

Keep the game in Arlington and the Razorbacks potentially lose an on-campus home game every other year. Only two SEC games would be scheduled in Fayetteville for 2013 and 2015.

Arkansas is obligated to play two games in Little Rock each year until 2016. Recently that has included one SEC game and one non-conference game. I’m waiting to hear back from the UA on whether or not the contract calls specifically for one of each or if both games could be a non-conference game.

This, of course, isn’t as simple as reworking the Little Rock contract. There is too much of a history in the state capital, and future donations could be jeopardized if things suddenly and drastically change.



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