FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas will spend New Year’s in Memphis.

FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas will spend New Year’s in Memphis.

The Arkansas football team was announced as a participant in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 2. The Razorbacks, 7-5 finishers in the regular season will play 6-6 Kansas State from the Big XII. January 2 is a Saturday. Kickoff will be a 2:20 p.m.

Arkansas has played Kansas State in a bowl game before – Arkansas beat the Wildcats in the 2012 Cotton Bowl, 29-16.

That was the final game at Arkansas for coach Bobby Petrino. Arkansas’ current coach, Bret Bielema, spent two seasons in Manhattan, Kansas, as co-defensive coordinator for coach Bill Snyder. With Bob Elliott, Bielema helped the Wildcats defense to No. 2 and No. 6 overall finishes in total defense in then Division-IA.

It will be the fifth trip to the Liberty Bowl for Arkansas in school history. Arkansas has won just once in the postseason in Memphis, beating East Carolina in overtime its last trip there, 20-17, in 2009. It is also the second straight bowl appearance for the Razorbacks, who beat Texas in the Texas Bowl last season, 31-7.

As for mutual opponents, both Arkansas and Kansas State played and lost to Texas Tech this season. The Wildcats lost by 14 points, 59-44, on November 14. Arkansas lost by 11, 35-24, September 19.