A “sexy” matchup has been canceled, and Arkansas is struggling to find another one.
The Razorbacks and Michigan agreed to a home-and-home series in Nov. 2012 before the Wolverines pulled the rug out from under Arkansas in July.
Michigan renewed its series against Notre Dame to start back in 2018, effectively erasing the series with Arkansas.
“I understand how the Michigan-Notre Dame thing sounds sexy to everybody else, but I think Michigan and Arkansas sounds sexy,” Bielema said in July.
Now, the Razorbacks are left looking for a comparable opponent from a a Power Five conference.
How’s it going?
“The process, how’s it going?” Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long said, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette‘s Bob Holt. “I’d say not very well.”
Long said Arkansas officials have talked to 30 or 40 teams about replacing Michigan, but with schedules being put together so far in advance, the Razorbacks are having a hard time filling the void.
“It does leave us in a bind, and it’s a kind word to say we’re ‘struggling’ to fill that opening,” Long told reporters. “Schedules are done so far in advance. There aren’t any Power 5 teams — or very few — that want to play us that are available.”