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How To Watch The Belk Bowl: Arkansas, Virginia Tech TV and Streaming Info, Weather, Point Spread, More

Bowl Game Time! Belk Style!

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Kickoff Time

4:30 pm CST. (Thurs 12/29)

TV

Channel: ESPN

Announcers: Mike Patrick Play-by-play, Ed Cunningham Color with Dr. Jerry Punch on the sidelines.

Livestreaming: WatchESPN.com or the WatchESPN App (no notes of blackout at this time)

Also: Watch party in Bud Walton Arena on the big scoreboard leading up to tonight’s basketball game!

Location

Bank of America Stadium (Home of the NFL Carolina Panthers), Charlotte, NC.

Radio

Chuck Barrett and Keith Jackson will call the game.

Here's the list of affiliates. (you can also stream the call from that link on standard or mobile)

On satellite radio, the game will be on Sirius 80 and XM 80.

Point Spread

The Hokies are a 7 point favorite headed into Thursday’s Belk Bowl matchup with the O/U set at 61. Most College Football pundits seem to think that both teams will score here so the over looks good to me. I think the Hogs will also cover the number.

Weather

High of 55 at kickoff in Charlotte but windy and dipping into the low 40s before the game is over. No chance of rain for the game.

Notes

With the possible exception of playoff matchups in Miami or LA, these are the 4 furthest bowl possibilities for Arkansas with SEC tie-ins. Outback in Tampa at 1153 miles, Citrus in Orlando at 1140 miles, TaxSlayer in Jacksonville at 1043 miles and the Belk Bowl in Charlotte at 943 miles. I honestly didn’t expect any of these bowls to be an option for Arkansas, instead I figured a rotation between Houston, Memphis & Nashville with hopeful stops at the Cotton and Sugar. But here we are at the Belk Bowl and a matchup against the Virginia Tech Hokies.

This will mark the first matchup against these two teams and Arkansas’ first trip ever to the state of North Carolina. As our Adam Ford previews here, Arkansas will have to face yet another mobile QB in this game and a defense that’s built to stop the run. On a positive note it appears that Arkansas’ defense will have injured LB Dre Greenlaw back for the bowl game which should be a big help in this area. Defensive coordinator Robb Smith has hinted at us seeing glimpses of the 3-4 defense in this game as well.

On offense I expect to see a lot of creative passing plays based on what the Hokies do less well on defense and the fact that this will be the farewell game for several Arkansas senior WRs. The matchup with Virginia Tech appears much more balanced (and fun) than last year’s matchup with Kansas State, but also a lot less comfortable if you like guaranteed bowl wins. I like the Hogs here but just barely. Arkansas 35 Virginia Tech 31. Also give @BelkBowl a follow on twitter, they’re pretty entertaining and good for some behind-the-scenes looks at the game.