Rutgers inks series with Arkansas

Rutgers finally filled the final spot in its nonconference schedule, signing a home-and-home series with Arkansas on Friday.

It is a huge opportunity for the Scarlet Knights, who made it a priority to schedule a marquee out of conference game for the 2012 season. Not only does Arkansas play in the SEC, the Razorbacks are expected to be ranked in the preseason Top 25.

Rutgers will play in Fayetteville, Ark., on Sept. 22, 2012, while Arkansas will visit Rutgers on Sept. 21, 2013. It will be the first meeting between the schools.

“It is a constant priority to secure marquee scheduling opportunities for our football program and our fans,” Rutgers athletics director Tim Pernetti said in a statement. “This home-and-home series with Arkansas clearly illustrates another enhancement of that strategy. We are excited to have the Razorbacks as the first-ever SEC opponent to play at High Point Solutions Stadium and this agreement further enhances our future non-conference game schedule which includes Penn State, Miami and UCLA.”

The last time Rutgers played a team from the SEC, the Scarlet Knights rallied for a 37-34 victory at Vanderbilt in 2004.

Rutgers is also scheduled to play Tulane, Kent State, Army and Howard in nonconference games. The Scarlet Knights still have one hole to fill, a spot left when West Virginia was allowed to go to the Big 12 for the 2012 season.