FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas will open its 2006 season on Saturday, Sept. 2, against Southern California at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. The season opener for both schools will be played on Labor Day weekend and will be aired nationally by ESPN. A game time has not yet been determined for the game.
At ESPN’s request, the two schools discussed playing on Sunday, Sept. 3. However, USC declined to accommodate the date change opting to keep the game on Saturday night. Originally, the game was scheduled for Sept. 9, but in January both schools agreed to move the game to the opening weekend of the college football season.
“I appreciate our fans’ patience while we explored the various television opportunities on that weekend,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. “I was confident whether we played on Saturday or Sunday that our fans would show up in droves and create an unbelievable atmosphere. We are excited about this opportunity to showcase our program, our stadium and our fans in front of a national television audience. It will be a terrific way to open the 2006 season.”
The Trojans will make their first trip to Arkansas since a 1974 trek to War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. USC leads the overall series 3-1 including a win last season at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Of the four previous games in the series, two have been played in Little Rock (1972, 1974) and two have been played in Los Angeles (1973, 2005).