FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas will be back in Cowboys Stadium when it plays Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 6.

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas will be back in Cowboys Stadium when it plays Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 6.

And if Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino gets his wish, the Razorbacks will be returning there in 2012.

Petrino said Saturday he hopes the Arkansas-Texas A&M series will remain in Cowboys Stadium as part of the current contract. Petrino indicated no decision has been made in regard to the game, which has been played in Arlington, Texas, the past three seasons. But he said the Aggies — who will begin play in the Southeastern Conference Western Division in 2012 — want it to become a home-and-home series.

“I think we’re still trying to work something out to play A&M there every year,” Petrino said. “That’s what we would like to do. That’s what the contract says we’re 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.”

Keeping the game in Texas would be beneficial to the Razorbacks, who want an annual presence in the state because of its importance in recruiting. But Petrino said it also would help Arkansas schedule another big-name nonconference opponent for a home-and-home series on campus.

“If we keep the A&M game in Dallas and fulfill that contract, then that gives us the flexibility to go out and do a home-and-home with people because nobody wants to just come and play you one game (in Arkansas),” Petrino said. “They want you, if they’re going to come here, they want you to make the return trip there. So, 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.”

Arkansas’ 2012 football schedule has not been released. But Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long indicated via Twitter that the schedule — at least the SEC portion of it — should be unveiled by the conference office as early as next week.

Arkansas and Texas A&M are three years into the 10-year contract to play the game in Cowboys Stadium. If the series doesn’t continue in Arlington next season, Arkansas could find another opponent to play in the Metroplex.