Arkansas' Bowl Options Still Uncertain

ATLANTA — After staying home the last two Decembers, Arkansas will likely head to either the Crescent City or the Magic Kingdom to play in a bowl game.

The No. 8 Razorbacks (10-2, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) will have a much better idea of which bowl game they're going to after tonight's SEC Championship Game in the Georgia Dome.

If Arkansas beats No. 4 Florida (11-1, 7-1 SEC), the team will earn an invite to the Jan. 3 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans as the SEC champion. It would be the Razorbacks' sixth trip to the Sugar Bowl and first since a 24-9 loss to Alabama in 1980.

Things could get a little trickier if Arkansas loses.

Usually, the SEC's No. 2 team plays in the Jan. 1 Capital One Bowl in Orlando. But because No. 5 LSU is in position to receive an at-large bid to a Bowl Championship Series game — reportedly the Rose Bowl — Arkansas appears to be the next best choice for the Capital One Bowl.

"We can't make a decision until we find out what happens in the SEC Championship Game," said Matt Repchak, communications manager for the Capital One Bowl.

"That will have a major effect, especially with LSU going to a BCS game.

"That leaves us with a handful of teams to choose from, and the loser of the SEC Championship Game would be among them."

Around 2-3 representatives from the Capital One Bowl are expected to be at Saturday's SEC Championship Game to get a look at either Arkansas or Florida.

No. 7 Wisconsin (11-1), which beat Auburn 24-10 in last year's Capital One Bowl, has already accepted an invite to represent the Big Ten in this year's game.

Meanwhile, the Cotton Bowl would love to have the Razorbacks, considering their long tradition in Dallas and their ability to bring fans to the city.

Arkansas has played in the Cotton Bowl 10 times, the last time coming in 2002 after the Hogs lost 30-3 to Georgia in that year's SEC Championship Game.

But another trip to the Cotton Bowl seems unlikely for the Razorbacks, who have won 10 of their last 11 games heading into today.


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