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Report: Nevada football finalizes game at Arkansas in 2020

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Nevada will reportedly play at Arkansas in 2020. (Arkansas football)

Nevada will play Arkansas, although perhaps not in the sport most Wolf Pack fans would like to see.

The Wolf Pack football team will play at Arkansas in 2020, per a report by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, which obtained a copy of the contract via a public-records request. The Razorbacks' basketball team is famously coached by ex-Nevada head man Eric Musselman, who left Reno for Fayetteville last April.

The newspaper reported the Nevada-Arkansas tilt is scheduled for Sept. 5, 2020 and will replace the Razorbacks' previously scheduled 2020 game with Kent State, which has been moved to the 2023 season. The Wolf Pack's payout for the game was redacted by Arkansas, although it is almost certain above $1 million and more likely in the $1.5 million range.

The Wolf Pack's 2020 schedule was previously filled with the Wolf Pack hosting UC Davis (Aug. 29) and UTEP (Sept. 12) and playing at Penn State (Sept. 5) and at South Florida (Sept. 19). The reported addition of Arkansas will require some maneuvering from the Wolf Pack. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek signed the contract Aug. 26 and Nevada chancellor Thomas Reilly completed the deal Sept. 9.

This would be the first game for Nevada against Arkansas and the third against an SEC team. The Wolf Pack lost at Texas A&M in 2015 and at Vanderbilt in 2018. Nevada also played current SEC member Missouri twice, but the Tigers were in the Big 12 when those contests were waged.

Arkansas has struggled in recent seasons, losing to the Mountain West's San Jose State earlier this year. The Spartans earned $1.5 million to play that game. The Razorbacks also lost to the MW's Colorado State last season and went 2-10 overall and 0-8 in the SEC last year under Chad Morris, who was in his first season with the program. They are 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the SEC this season. Arkansas last made a bowl game in 2016 when it went 7-6 and lost to Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl.

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