Missouri, Oklahoma State highlight Arkansas State football schedule

Updated: March 2, 2005, 7:40 PM ET
Associated Press

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Regional matchups against Missouri and Oklahoma State highlight Arkansas State's 2005 football schedule that was released Wednesday.

Arkansas State opens the season Sept. 3 against Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., and will take on Oklahoma State two weeks later in Stillwater, Okla. The Cowboys will come to Little Rock in 2006 for the second meeting in a home-and-home series.

Arkansas State will also face Army in West Point, N.Y. on Nov. 19 as part of a two-game series with the Black Knights that will end in 2006 when Army travels to Jonesboro.

"We are always looking for quality Division I-A teams who will play Arkansas State home and away," ASU athletic director Dean Lee said. "Fortunately, Army was looking for the same situation, and we were able to work out dates for these games."

The Indians will host Tennessee-Martin Sept. 10 in their first Sun Belt Conference game and will play five games in Jonesboro next season. Arkansas State will also have home games against the two newest football members of the Sun Belt Conference -- Florida International on Sept. 24 and Florida Atlantic on Oct. 22.

"The most exciting thing for me is the addition of four home Sun Belt Conference games and three on the road, plus the opportunity to play a game in Kansas City as our home game," Arkansas State head coach Steve Roberts said.

Lee also announced that Arkansas State has agreed to play two games against Southern Methodist University. One will be played at SMU in 2006 and the Mustangs will come to Jonesboro to face the Indians in 2008. Next year, Arkansas State will open the season with two home games against Division I-A opponents for the first time in school history.

The 2005 Arkansas State University football schedule:

Sept. 3 -- Missouri at Kansas City, Mo.

Sept. 10 -- Tennessee-Martin at Jonesboro

Sept. 17 -- Oklahoma State at Stillwater, Okla.

Sept. 24 -- Florida International at Jonesboro

Oct. 1 -- Louisiana-Monroe at Monroe, La.

Oct. 8 -- North Texas at Denton, Texas

Oct. 15 -- Louisiana-Lafayette at Jonesboro

Oct. 22 -- Florida Atlantic at Jonesboro

Nov. 5 -- Middle Tennessee at Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Nov. 12 -- Troy at Jonesboro

Nov. 19 -- Army at West Point, N.Y.

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