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.