The Liberty Bowl is finally here after more than a month without Razorbacks football. Arkansas is playing a bowl for the second straight season and seeks a third consecutive bowl win.
The Kansas State Wildcats, who won their final three Big 12 games to become bowl eligible, await Arkansas. This game could be a high-scoring affair as both teams have scored lots of points and given up lots as well.
Here’s what you need to know about the Liberty Bowl this year:
Arkansas Razorbacks (7-5) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (6-6)
Kickoff: Saturday, Jan. 2, 3:20 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Weather: 50 degrees, 0% chance of rain (weather.com)
Line: Arkansas -13 (VegasInsiders.com)
By the Numbers:
89 — Years since Arkansas last lost to Kansas State (16-7 in 1926)
47 — Scoring record in the Liberty Bowl (Colorado, 1969), a record that could be in danger on Saturday
41 — Total bowl games in Arkansas history, counting the Liberty Bowl
4 — Juniors from Arkansas (RB Alex Collins, RB Jonathan Williams, TE Hunter Henry, OT Denver Kirkland) who could be playing their final game at Arkansas if they decide to declare for the NFL draft
29 — Touchdown passes this season for Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen, just three behind Ryan Mallett’s mark of 32 set in 2010
283.1 — Passing yards per game allowed by Kansas State in 2015
Storylines to watch
Which Arkansas team will show up?
The Razorbacks started the season 2-4 with losses to Toledo, Texas Tech and Texas A&M, and finished the season 5-1 with wins over Auburn, Ole Miss and LSU. The Hogs played to the level of their competition all season, and Kansas State wasn’t particularly fantastic in 2015.
Will Allen improve his draft stock?
Arkansas senior Brandon Allen became one of the hottest quarterbacks in the country during the second half of the season, passing for 1,589 yards and 19 touchdowns in the final six games. Kansas State has shown to have a leaky secondary and ranks 120th in passing defense in the FBS this season.
How high can the score get?
Other than a couple of games for each team, both Arkansas and Kansas State scored in bunches in 2015. Both teams had their share of high-scoring shootouts. The record for total points in a Liberty Bowl is 84. That record could be in peril as Arkansas more than 50 points itself four times this season while KSU averaged 30.5 points a game.