Arkansas opens as huge favorite against Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl
Arkansas will play in its fifth Liberty Bowl, and will do so as the heavy favorite.
The Razorbacks (7-5, 5-3 SEC) opened as a 13-point favorite over Kansas State (6-6, 3-6 Big 12), according to VegasInsider.com. The game will be in Memphis, Tenn. on Jan. 2 at 3:20 p.m. ET on ESPN.
The Hogs will play Kansas State for the sixth time in program history and just the second meeting in the past 45 years. The two teams met in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 7, 2012 when No. 7 Arkansas defeated No. 11 Kansas State, 29-16. The Razorbacks also beat the Wildcats in Little Rock in 1967 but Kansas State leads the all-time series with a 3-2 mark.
Kansas State defeated West Virginia, 24-23, last Saturday to reach the six-win mark and become bowl eligible. The Wildcats, however, were projected to be one of the five-win teams to claim a berth based on good academic standings had they lost to the Mountaineers.
Arkansas won five of its final six games to reach seven wins.
The Razorbacks are 1-3 all-time in the Liberty Bowl. They got their lone win on Jan. 2, 2010 with a 20-17 overtime victory over East Carolina. The Hogs lost all three of their games as a Southwest Conference member to SEC schools UGA (20-17, 1987), Auburn (21-15, 1984) and Tennessee (14-13, 1971).