Petrino wants to keep Texas A&M game in Arlington

Bobby Petrino wants Arkansas to be an annual presence in

Texas.

The Razorbacks will play their second game in the state this

season when they face Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 6,

and the Arkansas coach is intent on staying in the Dallas area in

future seasons.

The No. 7 Razorbacks (10-2) defeated Texas A&M 42-38 in

Cowboys Stadium on Oct. 1, the third game of the 10-year series

between the former Southwest Conference rivals. The Razorbacks are

3-0 against the Aggies in the Southwest Classic since the series

began in 2009.

The future of the series has been in doubt since Texas A&M

joined the Southeastern Conference in September, though Petrino

made it clear after Saturday’s bowl practice that he wants the game

to remain an annual event at the neutral site.

”That’s what we would like to do,” Petrino said. ”That’s what

the contract says we are going to do, but I know that they don’t

really want to play us in Dallas. I don’t know how that’s going to

work out, but certainly we would love to play a game there every

year.”

The SEC hasn’t released next season’s schedule yet, but Petrino

said the Aggies prefer a home-and-home conference matchup. He also

said Arkansas Athletic Director Jeff Long has faced a difficult

challenge in finding a top nonconference opponent to replace Texas

A&M now that the two will face each other in conference

play.

The Razorbacks currently play five home games in Fayetteville

each season and two more at Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium,

along with the game with the Aggies in Cowboys Stadium. If they

keep playing Texas A&M in Dallas, that would free up a spot for

a home-and-home series with another nonconference opponent.

”Nobody wants to just come and play you one game here,”

Petrino said. ”If they’re going to come here, they want you to

make the return trip there. If we were able to keep the A&M

game in Dallas, that gives us that flexibility to go out and play

another great opponent, play one time here and the next year at

their place.”