This years Liberty Bowl features Arkansas of the SEC and Kansas State of the Big 12 squaring off at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium with a 3:20 p.m. ET kickoff on Jan. 2. It’s the fourth all-time meeting between the Razorbacks and Wildcats. They last played in the Cotton Bowl on Jan. 2, 2012, a 29-16 Arkansas win. Jan. 2 is the final Saturday of college football for this season. If you’re looking to find out how you can watch the Liberty Bowl live stream, you’ve come to the right place!
Are you like me and wonder why the Liberty Bowl is held in Memphis considering the famous Liberty Bell is in Philadelphia? Well, I have that answer for you. Founded in 1959, the Liberty Bowl is the eighth-oldest continuously played bowl game. But it began in the City of Brotherly Love. After five years in Philly the organizers moved the game to Atlantic City, N.J. It stayed there only one year before moving to Memphis. Below you’ll find a game preview, followed by the best method for watching the Liberty Bowl live stream online.
Kansas State Wildcats vs. Arkansas Razorbacks Preview
Few teams were more streaky this season than Kansas State (6-6). The Wildcats opened with three wins over soft non-conference foes. But the Big 12 schedule was another story as K-State dropped six straight games as the defense was continually dominated. With the team at 3-6, it seemed a bowl game was a pipe dream and there was talk that long-time coach Bill Snyder would retire after the season. But the Wildcats closed the season with wins over Iowa State, Kansas and West Virginia to become only the third program in college football history to make a bowl game during a season in which it lost six consecutive games.
This will be K-State’s first appearance in the Liberty Bowl, but it’s 19th overall bowl appearance and sixth consecutive bowl trip. Snyder doesn’t know who his starting quarterback will be for the Liberty Bowl. The team has been injury-ravaged at the position but junior Joe Hubener has taken the majority of snaps this season, starting 11 games and playing in all 12. But in the finale, a 24-23 win over West Virginia to get bowl-eligible, receiver Kody Cook took over for an injured and struggling Hubener as the emergency quarterback and ran for a touchdown while also hitting Deante Burton on a 77-yard scoring strike. Cook, a senior, also led K-State on four touchdown drives in the first half in an earlier loss against Oklahoma State. At receiver, Cook caught 27 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns this year, all second on the team.
Arkansas (7-5) closed winning five of its final six games and its only loss was a wild 51-50 defeat to Mississippi State in a game Hogs quarterback Brandon Allen threw for 407 yards and seven touchdowns. Allen had a magnificent senior season, completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 3,215 yards, 29 touchdowns and only seven interceptions but wasn’t even named to an All-SEC team. Allen could have a big day against a Kansas State defense that allows 7.51 yards per pass attempt (101st nationally) and 283.1 passing yards per game (119th).
Tight end Hunter Henry earned first-team All-SEC honors and won the John Mackey Award as the nation’s top tight end after finishing the regular season with 647 yards and three touchdowns on 46 receptions. The Hogs lost two of their best players to injury early in the year in running back Jonathan Williams and receiver Keon Hatcher. Williams missed the whole season after rushing for 1,190 yards and 12 scores in 2014.
The Razorbacks are 14-23-3 all-time in bowls but did win the Texas Bowl last year over the University of Texas. Arkansas and Kansas State had a common opponent this season: Texas Tech. On Sept. 12, the Hogs lost to TTU 35-24 in Fayetteville. K-State lost at Texas Tech 59-44 on Nov. 14.
With two roughly evenly matched teams facing off, the 2016 Liberty Bowl could really go either way. Are you ready for the action?
Sign Up for Sling TV to Watch the Liberty Bowl Live Stream Online
If you’re a cord-cutter who no longer has cable, you’re in luck: there’s an easy way to watch the Liberty Bowl live stream from home: Sling TV.
Sling TV is Dish Network’s new online streaming service. It does not require you to have cable or satellite TV, and it gives you direct access to many of cable’s most popular channels, including ESPN. Since ESPN is hosting the Liberty Bowl this year, that means you can use Sling TV to watch Kansas St. vs Arkansas live.
Best of all, Sling TV is very affordable. For only $20 a month, you can subscribe to their basic package, which gives you access to over 20 channels – including ESPN, ESPN 2, CNN, TNT, TBS, and many more. Add that killer selection to the fact that Sling TV does not require you to sign a contract, and you’ve got yourself a great deal!
Looking for an even sweeter deal? Pay for 3 months of Sling TV upfront and you’ll score free Roku streaming stick that you can use to enjoy live TV and sports on your big-screen TV. If you prefer to watch on the go, you can also use Sling TV on your mobile devices, or on your laptop.
Read our complete review of Sling TV to learn all the details of this great new service. If you’re ready to give it a try, they are currently offering free 7-day trial for new users. If you time it right, you could even watch the Liberty Bowl live stream for free using the free trial.
Liberty Bowl Schedule
Date: Saturday, January 2nd
Time: 3:20 p.m. ET
Network: ESPN (or Sling TV)
Other College Football Games to Watch Online Jan. 2
*All games can be watched on Sling TV*
TaxSlayer Bowl: Penn State vs. Georgia, noon ET
Alamo Bowl: Oregon vs. TCU, 6:45 p.m. ET
Cactus Bowl: West Virginia vs. Arizona State, 10:15 p.m. ET
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