After all the bowl shuffling, Arkansas finds themselves in the Belk Bowl against ACC Coastal Division Champions Virginia Tech. So what do the Hokies do well? Here is a good starting place to educate yourself on Virginia Tech if you haven’t gotten to watch them much this season. The Hokies feature Jerod Evans at quarterback, a fantastic dual threat quarterback, and Hog fans know all too well about Arkansas’ struggles with that style.
If you want to learn more about the matchup from Tech’s point of view you can check out Gobbler Country’s coverage of the matchup. Right now they’ve pointed out that Virginia Tech is a slight favorite going into the game in Vegas’ eyes. Taking a look at the matchup and knowing how both teams have had very up and down seasons that sounds about right.
Looking at the SEC as a whole, the theme for bowl games is that they will be facing elite quarterbacks in most cases. Considering the struggles at quarterback the SEC has had, this could be very problematic. The SEC will face off against the previously mentioned Evans, as well as Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, Quinton Flowers, and Jake Browning. That’s a level of QB play most of the conference hasn’t seen this year.
Razorback Basketball has one of their bigger non-conference tests tonight, taking on Kelvin Sampson’s Houston Cougars. The last big test for Arkansas was a face plant in Minnesota, so it will be interesting to see how the team does against a team of about the same quality in Bud Walton Arena.
A quick scheduling note, Arkansas football has their football season opener for the 2019 season in Portland State. It is still not decided if the game will be in Little Rock or Fayetteville. Still no word on Arkansas getting a power 5 opponent to fill the cancellation from Michigan.