The 2022 Liberty Bowl is still expected to be played on its original schedule, the bowl announced on Monday night. The statement comes as the city of Memphis faces water issues stemming from cold weather over Christmas. Temperatures were below freezing over the weekend and according to Memphis Light Gas and Electric 22 water main pipes burst as a result. As of Monday afternoon, the company had fixed 19 of those breaks. There was a boil water advisory in the city as a result of the water issues in the city.
The Kansas team hotel had been impacted by the lack of water and the team was told to refrain from using tap water and to drink from water bottles instead. Many hotels in the downtown area have also had water issues as a result. A spokesperson for the Liberty Bowl released the following statement Monday evening.
“There have been significant weather challenges throughout the country, including here in Memphis,” the statement said. “We can assure you that the 64th AutoZone Liberty Bowl between Kansas and Arkansas will be played on Wednesday, December 28th with kickoff at 4:30 pm The weather forecast at game time is for temperatures in the 50s.”
Kansas arrived in Memphis on Christmas Night. On Monday, the team held a practice that had to be moved due to the snow. The game will be televised on ESPN. It will be the first game between the two football programs since the early 1900s. KU is 2-0 all time against Arkansas all time.
As for the teams, Arkansas is coming off a 6-6 season in head coach Sam Pittman‘s third year. The Razorbacks were a preseason Top 25 team and were ranked as high as No. 10 before three straight losses saw them drop out of the rankings. Arkansas won games over Cincinnati, South Carolina, BYU, Auburn and Ole Miss this season. KU was able to make its first bowl game in over a decade after a roller-coaster season. KU started the year off 5-0 and was ranked in the AP Top 25. But the tougher part of the schedule and an injury to Jalon Daniels contributed to KU losing six of its last seven games.
KU will have a big opportunity to start building offseason momentum with a win. KU is currently on track to return 10 of 11 starters on offense from this past season. KU’s only official loss right now is Earl Bostick Jr., who KU has a potential replacement on the way in the form of Wisconsin transfer Logan Brown. On defense, KU will lose a lot of depth along the defensive line with four departures from the two deep, but KU returns all three starting linebackers and cornerbacks and will likely return its main trio of safeties.