While its matchup with Arkansas won't have the weighty anticipation from previous years, LSU knows other factors make this game meaningful.
The eighth-ranked Tigers still have a slim chance to reach the SEC championship game and can bolster their BCS hopes by getting past the struggling Razorbacks on Friday.
LSU (9-2, 5-2) and Arkansas have met as ranked opponents each of the past two seasons and the Tigers maintained their No. 1 ranking last year with a 41-17 home win over the then-No. 3 Razorbacks on Nov. 25.
Nearly a year after that matchup, Arkansas has fallen on hard times following the firing of former coach Bobby Petrino for a scandal involving an adulterous relationship with an athletic department staff member. While they again boast one of the best passing offenses in the SEC, the Razorbacks (4-7, 2-5) have had difficulty translating that into wins and were eliminated from bowl contention with a 45-14 loss at Mississippi State on Saturday.
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