Arkansas Razorbacks and SEC Brought the Heat This Bowl Season

Following the Hogs victory against Kansas State, I’m wondering if we should do the Hog Call or the SEC chant?

The Arkansas football season is indeed over. On Saturday, the Razorbacks routed the Kansas State Wildcats in a 45-23 victory. It was quite a way to put a close to the craziness that was the 2015 season. But bowl season has ended, and only the national championship between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide remain. So with bowl season ending, in comes the trash talk amongst conferences. Or rather, the gloating from one conference in particular, the SEC.

Arkansas winning the Liberty Bowl was the final stamp on our conference’s bowl season, a bowl season that put the SEC haters to shame. The SEC broke the record for most bowl wins by a conference this year, going 8-2. 

SEC Bowl Wins

  • Cotton Bowl- Alabama 38, Michigan State 0
  • Belk Bowl– Mississippi State 51, NC State 28
  • Birmingham Bowl– Auburn 31, Memphis 10
  • Liberty Bowl (Woo Pig)- Arkansas 45, Kansas State 23
  • Taxslayer Bowl– Georgia 24, Penn State 17
  • Outback Bowl– Tennessee 45, Northwestern 6
  • Sugar Bowl– Ole Miss 48, Oklahoma State 20
  • Texas Bowl– LSU 56, Texas Tech 27

Eight wins is enough to get your head spinning. Many haters of the SEC were happy in September to declare the Alabama dynasty dead, and the conference domination buried right alongside it. However, it is apparent that the SEC is still very much alive, as they gave some of the other “elites” a wake up call. The most impressive victories of the bowl season came from Alabama and Tennessee. Alabama is now the favorite to win the national championship after demolishing the Michigan State Spartans in a 38-0 blowout. The Tennessee Volunteers went up against the 13th ranked Northwestern Wildcats and trounced them 45-6 and building up the hype yet again for Tennessee next year (Ahem, we still beat them).

Dec 31, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (2) runs past Michigan State Spartans cornerback Arjen Colquhoun (36) during the game in the 2015 CFP semifinal at the Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The craziest thing about all of these wins, and the most important in my opinion, is the fact that 7 of the 8 SEC wins were by 21 points or more. That fact shows you right there that the SEC came to play, and a national threat they will stay (Yes, that rhyme was planned).

Some conferences that were dominant in the regular season didn’t pan out this bowl season. The Big Ten went just 5-5 this bowl season, with notable losses being Iowa’s 45-16 loss to Christian McCaffrey a.k.a Stanford. Another loss was the Michigan State’s that I mentioned above. Other conferences like the ACC and Big 12 couldn’t even muster a winning record this bowl season, although the ACC does have Clemson competing for the national title.

In a bowl season that was dominanted by the SEC, it was nice to see our Arkansas Razorbacks get into the mix as well and help contribute to what was some of the most commanding and lopsided victories a conference has ever achieved for bowls. Here’s to a great 2015 season, and hopes that fall comes very soon.

Go SEC and Woo Pig!