Last year, the SEC finally topped the Big 12 in their annual conference challenge. This year the Hogs will be in it again. Arkansas will head to Lubbock and play Texas Tech this upcoming season.
Because the sizes of the two conferences, it’s no guarantee to be in the challenge. This year Missouri, Auburn, Miss State, and LSU will sit this one out. Arkansas is in the challenge for a fifth straight year after a home and home against Oklahoma State, a home game against Texas Tech, and a trip to Iowa State.
It’s the fourth time since Arkansas joined the SEC that the Hogs will play Texas Tech, and the first time they will travel to Lubbock. There was the previously mentioned game in Fayetteville where Arkansas won in overtime. In 2005 and 2006 they had a pair of games in Dallas and Little Rock, the two teams split those meetings.
For this upcoming meeting, both teams will have very different looking rosters from the previous year. All of Arkansas’ roster turnover has been widely known. Texas Tech will lose some key members of their Elite 8 team from last year, including Zhaire Smith, Keenan Evans, and three more seniors.