When the teams last met in 2008, Texas won in a blowout, 52-10, and also won the previous meeting in 2004, a narrow 22-20 escape in Fayetteville.
The Longhorns lead the head-to-head match up with the Razorbacks 56-21 and first played Arkansas in 1894.
So the game on Monday evening will be the 78th meeting between the schools, including the second time in the postseason. After both teams struggled to start the season, Bboth teams played well down the stretch this year to finish with those six critical wins. Texas won three of its last four games to gain bowl eligibility and Arkansas was victorious in three of its last five contests, including a pair of shutouts, one against LSU and another against Ole Miss.
This year, the Razorbacks feature a strong running game that ranks No. 18 nationally in rush S&P+, averaging 220.25 rushing yards per game. The defense is also a strength of the team -- it ranks No. 20 nationally in S&P and recorded those two shutouts late in the season.
How to watch, listen, and stream
Game time: 8:00 p.m. CT
Radio: Longhorn Radio Network/ESPN Radio
Online streaming: ESPN3
Rankings and records: Arkansas is 6-6 and was unranked by the College Football Playoff selection committee at the end of the regular season. Texas is 6-6 and also unranked.
Vegas: Arkansas is the favorite by 6.5 points, according to OddsShark.
Weather forecast: The weather will be 52 degrees and mostly clear outside NRG Stadium when the game kicks off, but will be climate-controlled inside the domed stadium.
Two things at stake
For the old rivals, bragging rights are always at stake when the two teams meet on the field -- even though the two teams haven't played regularly since the end of the Southwest Conference, there's still a great deal of hatred between the two fan bases, especially the hatred that Arkansas fans still direct towards Texas fans.
The Longhorns also have offseason momentum on the line. While beating the last-place team in the SEC West wouldn't be the same as, say, beating another former rival in the Aggies, having a win in the bowl game could help recruiting efforts in closing out the 2015 and allow head coach Charlie Strong to point to an improved on-field product.
With a loss, the Horns would finish with a losing season and no momentum heading into the long offseason, decreasing optimism about the future, particularly if sophomore quarterback Tyrone Swoopes plays poorly.
One big matchup
Texas run game vs. Arkansas run defense: The Longhorns running game sputtered against the Horned Frogs in the regular season finale, gaining only 90 yards on 36 carries, an extremely disappointing result for offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline, as the patched-together line had been playing better in recent weeks.
The concern for the Texas Bowl is that TCU ranked No. 6 in rush defense S&P+, while Arkansas ranks No. 7 in that same metric after holding three teams to less than two yards per carry. The best performance came against LSU, when Arkansas allowed only 36 yards on 32 carries.
The Longhorns had success against the Mountaineers back in early November, a team that featured the No. 17 run defense in S&P+ at the conclusion of the regular season.
If Texas can reprise that type of effort and create yardage on the ground, it will take tremendous pressure off of Swoopes and potentially allow the Longhorns to come out of the Texas Bowl with a win.
If the Horns can't do that? A lot of things will have to go right to make up for it.
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