TCU Horned Frogs
2016 Liberty Bowl Line: TBA
Location: Liberty Bowl, Memphis, TN.
Date and time: Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, 12:00 PM ET.
Last year’s result: Arkansas 45, Kansas State 23.
Conference tie-ins: Big 12, SEC
Teams with the most all-time appearances: Arkansas, 5.
Teams with the most all-time wins:Ole Miss, 4
Created in 1959 by former Villanova athletic-director A. F. “Bud” Dudley, the Liberty Bowl was originally played in Philadelphia before it was relocated permanently to the Liberty Bowl Stadium in Memphis, TN. The game was first played at Philadelphia’s Municipal Stadium, and it was the only cold-weather bowl game of its time. The inaugural game was the most successful of the five held in the state of Philadelphia, as 38,000 fans witnessed how Penn State beat Alabama 7–0.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Liberty Bowl offered an automatic invitation to the winner of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy (Triangular series among the Army Black Knights, the Navy Midshipmen, and the Air Force Falcons), if that team was bowl eligible.
Beginning in 1996, the Bowl organization started a deal with Conference USA, offering its champion an automatic bid and the right to host the game. Beginning in 2005, the winner of the C-USA championship game was offered the berth. In 1996 and 1997, the opponent for the C-USA champion was a team from the Big East. From 1999 to 2005, the opponent for the C-USA champion was the Mountain West champion. As of 2014, the matchup features a team from the SEC against the #4 pick from the Big 12 Conference.
Arkansas has made the most appearances in this game with six but owns a losing record at 2-4. The Ole Miss Rebels have recorded the most wins in Liberty Bowl history by winning all four of their postseason trips to Memphis.
From 2007-2011, Underdogs covered the spread five straight times while winning four of those games outright. Since then, the favorite has won three of the last four Liberty bowls while teams from the SEC have won the last three Liberty Bowls.
The Over has been the pick for the last three Liberty Bowl contests and four of the last five overall. One year ago, Arkansas routed Kansas State 45-23 to cover the spread as a 13.5-point favorite while the game’s 68 combined points played Over the 56.5-point O/U Total.