With the SEC widely considered to be the deepest conference in college football in recent years, bowl season matchups featuring middle-of-the-pack SEC teams against top schools from other conferences have often produced entertaining games. Thursday’s Belk Bowl which pits Arkansas against Virginia Tech certainly has a chance to follow in that tradition.
The Hokies won the ACC Coastal division, and gave Clemson a bit of a fight in the conference title tilt, but couldn’t quite get the job done, losing 42-35. Still, they went 9-4 on the year and have a chance to get to double digit wins on Thursday with a win against the Razorbacks.
Arkansas went 7-5 this year, good for fifth place in the SEC West. Other than their Nov. 5 win over Florida, there really isn’t that much that’s impressive about their 2016 resume. They were blown out by some of the big boys (Alabama, LSU, Auburn), and the not so big boys (Missouri) alike. But they get a chance here to claim what would be an impressive win over a top ACC squad.
Kickoff for the game is 5:30 p.m. ET. Mike Patrick and Ed Cunningham will call the action live on ESPN. The game will also be streamed online free with a cable subscription via WatchESPN. The Watch ESPN app can be downloaded from the iTunes, the Google Play store, and the Windows store.
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