FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)- With one game left in the season the Arkansas Razorbacks were bowl eligible for the first time since 2011. A win against the Missouri Tigers would have propelled the Hogs into a better bowl but it wasn't meant to be, leaving the team in limbo as to who and where they would play.
"After as a head coach I've learned this one, if you hear one thing it might be reality, if you hear two things probably neither of them are true and if you hear three you got a shot in the dark as to whats going to happen," head coach Bret Bielema said. "That's kind of what I was feeling."
Waiting was hard as rumors flew around. First it was Miami in Shreveport, then East Carolina in Birmingham but eventually they found out their true fate just like everyone else.
"I was sitting in my living room; me and five other guys were sitting their scrolling through twitter, every ten seconds refreshing it, trying to figure it out," senior lineman Brey Cook said. "Everyone said we're going here and we're going there and once we finally figured out where we were going we all freaked out. Everyone was screaming and jumping around."
Many fans in Hog country had their fingers crossed for such a match up with an old rival and the players were no different.
"Probably the biggest thing that we wanted," redshirt quarterback Brandon Allen said. "For me personally that was the game I was pulling for. I think we are all excited we got it."
"It's something that you dream of doing, you dream of playing here growing up," Cook said. "It would be so much fun to go to Texas and play Texas, especially as an Arkansas Razorback and that's something we are lucky enough to do."
"I was excited," senior defensive end Trey Flowers said. "I heard through the grapevine how much the fans would love that. I was excited for the fans to be able to relive that rivalry."
The Texas Bowl will be Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. at NRG Stadium in Houston.