In what figures to be a highly competitive Cotton Bowl, the Arkansas Razorbacks of the SEC will do battle with the Kansas State Wildcats of the Big 12 Conference at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Kansas State closed out the regular season with three consecutive victories to improve to 10-2 overall, and the club nearly knocked off the Big 12's best team, Oklahoma State in early November. The Wildcats' 10 regular season victories were their most since 2003, and just one shy of the school record. K-State is set to play in its 15th bowl game in school history and 13th under Bill Snyder, who is in his second tenure as head coach of the program. The 'Cats are 6-6 all-time in bowls under the legendary coach. Following 11 straight bowls from 1993-2003 under Snyder, KSU has now gone bowling in each of the last two seasons following last year's berth in the inaugural Pinstripe Bowl in New York City.
Speaking of the Razorbacks, they have reason to be proud of their performance this season, as the only two losses came against Alabama and LSU, the two teams that will square off in the BCS Championship Game. Arkansas is no stranger to the Cotton Bowl, as it will make its 12th appearance in the game, yet just three victories have been earned in the 11 showings to date. Last season, coach Bobby Petrino led the program to its first-ever BCS game, a Sugar Bowl battle with Ohio State that resulted in defeat. Arkansas is making its 39th postseason appearance and owns a 12-23-3 record all-time.
Kansas State has won three of the four previous meetings with Arkansas, but the teams haven't met since 1967.