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SALT LAKE CITY — The SEC is coming to Rice-Eccles Stadium.
The University of Utah football program announced Wednesday a future home-and-home series with Arkansas in 2026 and 2028, a first time for both programs who have never played each other.
The first game of the series will be played in Salt Lake City on Sept. 12, 2026, with a return game being played in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Sept. 16, 2028.
The big-time football matchup between two Power Five programs is the first series Mark Harlan has signed in his one year as the university’s director of athletics.
“We appreciate the opportunity to put together an agreement with Arkansas for our football programs to play one another in 2026 and 2028,” Harlan said in a prepared statement. “We will continue to look at premier programs in the country as we build out our future schedules to bring value to our football program and to our fan base.”
Arkansas is the second nonconference matchup scheduled for the 2026 season, with Houston as the only other game scheduled for that season. The Houston game is scheduled for Sept. 5 in Houston as part of a home-and-home series that sees the Cougars return to Salt Lake City in 2027.
The road matchup against Arkansas in 2028 is the first nonconference game scheduled that season.
Last week, the Pac-12 announced that it will be moving the Las Vegas Bowl into the new Raiders stadium that’s currently being built and will feature a rotating opponent from either the Big Ten or the SEC. Prior to that agreement, no SEC school played the Pac-12 in the postseason unless a team was included in a New Year’s Six bowl game or as part of the College Football Playoff.
Utah opens up fall camp Wednesday afternoon before kicking off the season on Aug. 29 at 8:15 p.m. on the road against in-state rival BYU.