If it makes you feel any better, we've been to the Liberty Bowl twice: 1967 and 1987, and followed those up w/ pretty special seasons.
In '68, we were SEC champs and had a strangely undefeated regular season, going 8-0-2. We lost the Sugar Bowl to Arky, but we were voted National Champions by a few polls. Unlike Alabama, we don't feel the need to prove our manhood by claiming that national championship. That team had a pretty good player named Bill Stanfill.
In '88, we opened up w/ a monster win over UT in Athens. We lost an inexplicable game in Lexington that year, which cost Dooley his 7th SEC title in his final season. We did finish 9-3 with a win in the Gator Bowl. Yes, that team had Worley, Henderson and Hampton…and Goldberg and Ben Smith. Unfortunately, it also had Wayne Johnson at QB. We also wore our shiny, new red pants our first two road games that year, in Starkville and in Columbia. We went 1-1 in them, and Dooley bagged them for the year. Goff never went back to them and in his 7 years never deviated from white or red on silver.
AND…Arkansas played in the Liberty Bowl last season and is now 10-2 and in the Sugar Bowl. So, it can happen.
Just some fun stats.