ESPN projection puts Hogs in Texas Bowl against Sooners or Longhorns

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Arkansas fans might want to start looking at spending some time around New Year’s in Houston as that is the projection of most of the national folks.

You can do that this season with the minimum number of wins required to go to a bowl removed and a feeling Razorbacks athletics director Hunter Yurachek would take a Texas Bowl bid with a 3-7 record.

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and Kyle Bonagura each have the Hogs slotted for a New Year’s Eve matchup with either Oklahoma or Texas in the Texas Bowl.

The Hogs blasted a disinterested Texas team in that game in 2014. That was the “borderline erotic” game for Bret Bielema on taking a knee in scoring position at the end.

Since then the Hogs have played in the Liberty Bowl in 2015, downing Kansas State, before the collapse of the program started in a loss to Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl in 2016.

They haven’t been to a bowl game since then.

The Texas Bowl is scheduled for New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m. on ESPN and matches up teams from the SEC and Big 12.

Other games that have been mentioned as possibilities for the Hogs include the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 2 at 11:30 a.m. against a Big Ten opponent, or the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 30 at 2:30 p.m.

Due to Covid-19 it was announced earlier there would not be the minimum number of six wins for a bowl appearance this year.

There is no minimum number of wins which means the SEC could send 14 teams to bowl games … and probably will if they get the chance.

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