Tech trying to create rivalry with SEC's Arkansas.
Texas Tech and Arkansas have agreed to a two-game home-and-home football series beginning in 2014, Tech announced Wednesday afternoon.
The Red Raiders will host the Razorbacks on Sept. 13, 2014, at Jones AT&T Stadium. Then Tech will play Arkansas on Sept. 19, 2015, at Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark.
Tech and Arkansas are former Southwest Conference rivals and haven’t played since a 38-21 Tech victory in 1991.
“We are thrilled to begin a home-and-home series with the University of Arkansas,” Tech Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt said. “Texas Tech and Arkansas had many memorable games while conference foes in the Southwest Conference, so this should be very exciting for the fans. We feel like we will be placing ourselves in great position as we kick off the College Football Playoff era in 2014, with a non-conference opponent the caliber of Arkansas and a challenging Big 12 schedule.”
The agreement means Tech’s 2014 home schedule will include Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia, among others.
Tech has not played a non-conference game — excluding bowls — against a BCS conference opponent since the 2002 and 2003 seasons, when the Red Raiders had two-year series with both Mississippi and North Carolina State.
That streak will end this year when Tech faces SMU, a member of the new American Athletic Conference that will inherit the old Big East Conference’s BCS berth for 2013. The AAC loses automatic qualifier status in 2014 when the new College Football Playoff begins.