Both schools finished 10-2 during the regular season, the second consecutive 10-win season for Bobby Petrino's Razorbacks, who are led by quarterback Tyler Wilson, who passed for an SEC-high 3,422 yards with 22 touchdowns against just six interceptions on the season. A talented Razorbacks receiving corps is led by senior Jarius Wright, who caught 63 passes for 1,029 yards and 11 touchdowns. Wright is 154 receiving yards away from 3,000 in his career.
The Wildcats take the opposite approach on offense, ranking 27th on the ground. Junior quarterback Collin Klein leads the Wildcats with 1,099 yards and 26 rushing touchdowns, with sophomore running back John Hubert adding 933 yards and three touchdowns on 188 attempts. Arkansas will need to beware of Wildcats freshman wide receiver Tyler Lockett, who led the nation with a 35.2 yard kick return average this season.
Big Ten officials have been assigned to the game, which will be played for $7.25 million. $3.75 million will go to the Big 12 Conference, $3.5 million to the SEC.
Game date, time: 8:32 p.m. ET, Friday, January 6, 2012
Location: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
TV channel: FOX
Odds: Razorbacks favored by 7 1/2 points