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LSU/Arkansas pre-game notes

LSU travels to Fayetteville for the first time since 1992 as the seventh-ranked Tigers square off against Arkansas with a chance to reach the 10-win mark for the sixth time in eight years under Les Miles.

Tigers and Hogs battle for the Boot

Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Friday with CBS televising the contest to a national audience.

A win will keep the Tigers in the hunt for an at-large berth for a BCS bowl, and depending what happens in the Auburn-Alabama game, an LSU victory will keep the Tigers in the mix for a spot in the SEC Championship Game.

The contest also serves as the 17th annual battle for "The Boot", a 24-karat gold trophy in the shape of the states of Arkansas and Louisiana that resembles a boot, which is awarded to the winning team.

LSU currently has possession of "The Boot" following last year's 41-17 win over Arkansas in Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers and Hogs meet for the 58th time with the Tigers holding a 35-20-2 advantage in the series.

LSU is 12-6 vs. Arkansas since the Hogs joined the league in 1992. The Tigers and Razorbacks have played on the Friday after Thanksgiving for 14 out of the last 16 years; the only exception came in 2009 and 2010.

LSU brings a 9-2 overall mark and a 5-2 league record into the game.
Last week, the Tigers scored 21 fourth quarter points for a comeback win over Ole Miss, 41-35, in Baton Rouge.

The win was the 84th for Miles, who took over sole possession as the second-winningest coach in LSU history, trailing only Charles McClendon, who won 137 games in 18 years as head coach of the Tigers.

LSU remained No. 7 in the BCS Standings for a second straight week on Sunday. The Tigers are No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 8 in the AP Top 25.

LSU leads the nation, along with Boise State, for the longest streak of seasons with at least 8 wins at 13 in a row. LSU has won at least 8 games every year since 2000.

Arkansas, which dropped a 45-14 decision to Mississippi State on Saturday, is 4-7 overall and 2-5 in SEC action.

LSU goes into the Arkansas game coming off a third straight impressive outing on offense with 41 points and 427 total yards, including 282 through the air, in the win over Ole Miss.

As a unit, LSU's offense is averaging 31.2 points and 394.5 total yards (188.2 rushing, 206.4 passing) per game.

Junior QB Zach Mettenberger threw his first interception since the South Carolina game (Oct. 13) vs. Ole Miss. He ranks just outside of the LSU single-season top 10 in attempts (300), completions (177), and he's No. 8 in school history in season passing yards (2,272). Mettenberger has thrown 10 TDs and six interceptions.

Mettenberger's top targets have been Jarvis Landry (44 rec., 461 yards, 3 TDs) and Odell Beckham Jr. (36 rec., 561 yards, 2 TDs). Kadron Boone leads the Tigers with four touchdown receptions.

LSU's ground game has produced 7 100-yard rushers this year with true freshman Jeremy Hill having done it three times (107 vs. Alabama, 127 vs. Texas A&M, 124 vs. South Carolina). Hill leads the Tigers with 554 yards and 9 TDs.

Defensively, LSU continues to be ranked at or near the top in the SEC in points allowed (3rd at 17.3), total defense (3rd at 281.1), rushing defense (3rd at 101.7) and pass defense (3rd at 179.4).

LB Kevin Minter has 101 tackles, 13.5 TFL and 3.0 sacks to lead the Tigers. Other defensive standouts include: S Eric Reid(76 tackles, 2 ints.), LB Lamin Barrow (80 tackles, 5.5 TFL), DE Sam Montgomery (31 tackles, 12.0 TFL, 7.0 sacks), DT Bennie Logan (33 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks) and DE Barkevious Mingo (32 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 4.0 sacks, 9 QB hurries).

Arkansas comes in ranked 12th in the league in scoring offense (24.5 ppg) and sixth in total offense (416.4 ypg). The Hogs are third in the SEC in passing offense (296.4 ypg) and last in rushing (120.1 ypg).

Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson leads the SEC with 302.8 yards passing a game and he’s completed 218-of-349 passes for 3,028 yards with 20 TDs and 12 INTs.

Dennis Johnson leads the Hogs in rushing with 727 yards and eight touchdowns on 131 carries.

Cobi Hamilton leads Arkansas and the SEC in receiving with 80 catches for 1,237 yards and five scores.

The Razorbacks are 13th in the SEC in scoring defense (31.4 ppg) and total defense (419.4 ypg). Arkansas is last in the conference in pass defense (292.1 ypg) and fifth against the run (127.3 ypg).

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