December 28, 2014

Texas (6-6) vs. Arkansas (6-6), at Houston, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: Arkansas by 6.

Series Record: Texas leads 56-21.


The game renews an old Southwest Conference rivalry and will give the victor a winning record. These teams played 60 straight years before the Razorbacks joined the SEC after the 1991 season. The Longhorns have won the last two games, including a 52-10 victory in the last meeting in 2008.


The Arkansas offensive line vs. the Texas defensive line. The starters on the gigantic Arkansas offensive line weigh 1,642 pounds combined, which is more than any in the NFL. They've allowed just 13 sacks this season, which is second in the SEC and tied for 11th in the nation. Texas tied for seventh in the country with 39 sacks this season, led by Malcolm Brown, who has 6 1/2.


Texas: Senior WR John Harris leads the Longhorns with 64 catches for 1,015 yards and seven touchdowns. His 1,015 yards receiving are the eighth-most in school history. Harris, who had just nine career catches before this season, has averaged 84.6 yards receiving a game, which is fifth in the Big 12.

Arkansas: RBs Jonathan Williams (1,085) and Alex Collins (1,024) are the only pair of teammates to each rush for more than 1,000 yards in the FBS this season. It is the second time two players on a team coached by Bret Bielema have accomplished the feat after James White and John Clay both did it at Wisconsin in 2010. Collins has 12 touchdown runs and Williams has 11, which are career highs for both players.


These teams have met 77 times, with the first game coming in 1894. ... This is the second time they have met in a bowl after a 27-6 win by Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl in 2000. ... Arkansas has 18 players on the roster from Texas. ... Monday will be the fifth time the Longhorns have played at NRG Stadium and the first since 2010. ... Texas QB Tyrone Swoopes has thrown for 2,352 yards. ... Arkansas has won five games in a row over teams from the Big 12. ... Razorback Martrell Spaight has 123 tackles, which leads the SEC. ... Arkansas DE Trey Flowers is the active SEC leader with 45 1/2 career tackles for loss, which is third in school history.

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