|2011 Arkansas Razorbacks football|
Cotton Bowl Classic champion
|2011 record||11–2 (6–2 SEC)|
|Head coach||Bobby Petrino (4th season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Garrick McGee (2nd season)|
|Offensive scheme||Power spread|
|Defensive coordinator||Willy Robinson (4th season)|
|Home stadium||Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium|
War Memorial Stadium
|2011 SEC football standings|
|No. 19 Georgia x||7||–||1||10||–||4|
|No. 9 South Carolina||6||–||2||11||–||2|
|No. 2 LSU x$||8||–||0||13||–||1|
|No. 1 Alabama %#||7||–||1||12||–||1|
|No. 5 Arkansas||6||–||2||11||–||2|
|Championship: LSU 42, Georgia 10|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2011 Arkansas Razorbacks football team represents the University of Arkansas in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Razorbacks were led by fourth year head coach Bobby Petrino and played five home games at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium and two at War Memorial Stadium. They are a member of the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season with 11–2 overall record, 6–2 in SEC West Division play, finishing in 3rd place with losses to LSU and Alabama. They were invited to the 2012 Cotton Bowl Classic and defeated Kansas State 29–16. The win capped off only the third 11-win season in Arkansas' 119-year football history. They also finished fifth in the final AP Poll—their highest national ranking since finishing third in 1977.
|September 3||6:00 PM||Missouri State*||No. 15||PPV||W 51–7||70,607|
|September 10||6:00 PM||New Mexico*||No. 14||ESPNU||W 52–3||52,606|
|September 17||6:30 PM||Troy*||No. 14||CSS||W 38–28||69,861|
|September 24||2:30 PM||at No. 3 Alabama||No. 14||CBS||L 14–38||101,821|
|October 1||11:00 AM||vs. No. 14 Texas A&M*||No. 18||ESPN||W 42–38||69,838|
|October 8||6:00 PM||No. 15 Auburn||No. 10||ESPN||W 38–14||74,191|
|October 22||11:21 AM||at Ole Miss||No. 10||SECN||W 29–24||57,951|
|October 29||11:21 AM||at Vanderbilt||No. 8||SECN||W 31–28||33,247|
|November 5||6:15 PM||No. 10 South Carolina||No. 8||ESPN||W 44–28||73,804|
|November 12||5:00 PM||Tennessee||No. 8||ESPN2||W 49–7||72,103|
|November 19||2:30 PM||Mississippi State||No. 6||CBS||W 44–17||55,761|
|November 25||1:30 PM||at No. 1 LSU||No. 3||CBS||L 17–41||93,108|
|January 6||7:00 PM||vs. No. 10 Kansas State*||No. 7||FOX||W 29–16||80,956|
|2011 Arkansas Razorbacks coaching staff|
|2011 Arkansas Razorbacks roster|
|2012 Roster from the University of Arkansas Razorbacks Athletics|
|Harris||Not released||11||10||9||8||8||6||3||9||7||Not released|
|BCS||Not released||9||10||7||8||6||3||8||6||Not released|
On September 25, 2013 (six days prior to the game) Texas A&M announced that it would once again become conference mates with Arkansas, by joining the Southeastern Conference as a full member beginning in 2012.
Near the end of the game, Arkansas fans acknowledged A&M's announcement by appearing on the Cowboys Stadium jumbotron with a large sign saying "Welcome to the SEC".
A day after the game, tight end Garrett Uekman was found dead in his dorm room of heart problems.
Arkansas and Kansas State met for the first time in postseason and for the fifth time overall. The Razorbacks netted their first Cotton Bowl Classic win since 2000. The 2012 Cotton Bowl was the only non-BCS bowl that featured two Top 10 opponents.