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Liberty Bowl

Two teams that were able to overcome poor starts will play each other in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl as the Arkansas Razorbacks meet the Kansas State Wildcats in Memphis. The Razorbacks defeated the Wildcats 29-16 in the 2012 Cotton Bowl as 9.5-point favorites and beat the Texas Longhorns 31-7 last year in the Texas Bowl as seven-point chalk.

Kickoff: Saturday, January 2 @ [Kickoff Time]pm ET
Location: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tennessee
Additional Read: Kansas State vs Arkansas Betting

2015/16 AutoZone Liberty Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Kansas State+12
Arkansas-12
Over/Under62.5

Odds at 5Dimes

Team Records
TeamConf.SUATSOU
Kansas StateBig 126-66-67-4
ArkansasSEC7-57-55-7

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Matchup

Arkansas finished strong for the second consecutive year under head coach Bret Bielema, going 5-1 straight up and 4-2 against the spread after starting 2-4 SU and 3-3 ATS. The late-season run for the Razorbacks was highlighted by impressive road wins against the Ole Miss Rebels (53-52) and LSU Tigers (31-14) as solid underdogs based on the betting odds in back-to-back weeks to kick off the month of November. A 51-50 home loss to the Mississippi State Bulldogs as 5.5-point favorites on November 21 was the only blemish for them down the stretch.

Kansas State won its first three games of the season over weak non-conference schools as double-digit favorites, failing to cover the spread in two of them. The Wildcats then suffered through a six-game losing streak in Big 12 play ñ going 3-3 ATS ñ before rallying to win their final three games of the regular season, capped by a 24-23 upset victory against the West Virginia Mountaineers as 6.5-point home underdogs on December 5.

This is an intriguing matchup between two very different coaches in Bielema and Kansas Stateís Bill Snyder, who has seen his team lose four of five bowl games both SU and ATS since returning in 2009. The Wildcats fell to the UCLA Bruins 40-35 as 1.5-point favorites in the Alamo Bowl last year after beating the Michigan Wolverines 31-14 as seven-point chalk in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl the previous season for their lone postseason victory during that stretch.

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Betting Trends
  • The underdog has covered in six of the last eight Liberty Bowls.
  • Arkansas is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games against the Big 12.
  • The total has gone under in Arkansas's last seven games in January.
  • Arkansas is 5-1 SU in its last six games.
  • Kansas State is 11-0 SU in its last 11 games after winning as an underdog.
  • Kansas State is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 games after losing the previous game in a matchup.
  • The total has gone over in 10 of Kansas State's last 14 games after consecutive wins.

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Liberty Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Liberty BowlStanford13East Carolina19+3E.CARE.CAR
1996Liberty BowlSyracuse30Houston17+16HOUSTOSYRACU
1997Liberty BowlPittsburgh7Southern Miss41-10S.MISSS.MISS
1998Liberty BowlBYU27Tulane41-7TULANETULANE
1999Liberty BowlColorado State17Southern Miss23-6.5COLOSTS.MISS
2000Liberty BowlColorado State22Louisville17+1.5COLOSTCOLOST
2001Liberty BowlBYU10Louisville28-2.5LOUISVLOUISV
2002Liberty BowlColorado State3TCU17+3TCUTCU
2003Liberty BowlUtah17Southern Miss0+2UTAHUTAH
2004Liberty BowlBoise State40Louisville44-9.5BOISELOUISV
2005Liberty BowlTulsa31Fresno State24-7.5TULSATULSA
2006Liberty BowlHouston36South Carolina44-5S.CAROS.CARO
2007Liberty BowlCentral Florida3Mississippi State10+3MIS.STMIS.ST
2008Liberty BowlEast Carolina19Kentucky25+3KENTUCKENTUC
2009Liberty BowlArkansas20East Carolina17+7.5E.CARARK
2010Liberty BowlCentral Florida10Georgia6-6UCFUCF
2011Liberty BowlCincinnati31Vanderbilt24-2CINCINCINCIN
2012Liberty BowlTulsa31Iowa State17+2.5TULSATULSA
2013Liberty BowlMississippi State44Rice7+7MISS STMISS ST
2014Liberty BowlWest Virginia37Texas A&M45+3.5Texas A&MTexas A&M
2015Liberty BowlKansas State-Arkansas--12--
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