Texas A&M’s series with the Arkansas Razorbacks at AT&T Stadium in Arlington has often seemed like an endless series of 11 a.m. kickoffs. The game has been an early kick in four of the last six games played there, thanks in no small part to Arkansas being a very down program in recent years (and A&M’s struggles have shared in that blame as well). But whoo boy does that feel like a thing of the past at this very moment, as the SEC has released the TV slate for Saturday, Sept. 25, and the Aggies and Hogs has top billing as the 2:30 p.m. national broadcast on CBS.
This is the first time that A&M/Arkansas has been the 2:30 CBS game since 2014, when Heisman candidate Kenny Hill led an undefeated A&M team to a dramatic come-from-behind victory in overtime. Fast forward seven years, and the Aggies and Razorbacks are both undefeated and ranked, and with both teams playing cupcake nonconference opponents this week (New Mexico and Georgia Southern, respectively), it seems to be a virtual certainly that they will both still be undefeated and ranked when they converge in Arlington 12 days from now.
This game will easily have the biggest build up of any Southwest Classic game since Texas A&M joined the SEC, with both programs looking to establish themselves as legit competitors in the SEC West. Buckle up folks!