Arkansas and #20 William & Mary squared off in the inaugural Dixie Bowl on January 1, 1948. The game was played in front of 22,000 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Arkansas took a 14-13 lead into halftime. The Tribe scored six in the 3rd to take a 19-14 lead. Arkansas would score the game-winning touchdown on a 7-yard run to win the game 21-19.
The second Dixie Bowl was between the Baylor Bears and the #20 Wake Forest Demon Deacons in front of 20,000 in Birmingham. Baylor opened the scoring in the 1st with a 1-yard run (PAT no good), giving them a 6-0 lead. In the 2nd, A 1-yard run and a 12-yard pass made it 20-0 at halftime. Baylor's defense let in one touchdown in the 3rd to win the game 20-7. The game was a bit lopsided despite WFU winning the yardage battle 277-212.