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LSU Football - Game Notes vs. Arkansas

Top-Ranked LSU Hosts No. 3 Arkansas With SEC Title Game Spot On The Line


LSU goes after the school’s first 12-0 start on Friday as the top-ranked Tigers host No. 3 Arkansas with a berth in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game on the line. The game will feature the highest-ranked teams in Tiger Stadium since 1959 when No. 1 LSU beat No. 3 Ole Miss, 7-3, on Halloween Night. Kickoff between the Tigers and the Razorbacks is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in a sold out Tiger Stadium with CBS televising the contest to a national audience. 


The game also serves as the annual “Battle for the Boot” between the two teams as well as being “Senior Day” for the Tigers. LSU will honor its 25 seniors prior to kickoff on Friday. 


LSU, which currently has the nation’s longest winning streak at 12 games, is 11-0 overall and 7-0 in conference play following its 52-3 win over Ole Miss last week. LSU is 7-0 in SEC play for the first time in school history. LSU remains a game ahead of both Arkansas and Alabama in the SEC Western Division standings going into the final weekend of play. 


Arkansas is 10-1 overall and 6-1 in league play after its 44-17 victory over Mississippi State last week. The Razorbacks have won seven straight since dropping a 38-14 decision to Alabama. Arkansas represents the seventh Top 25 team, and the third ranked in the top three, that the Tigers have faced this year. 


LSU is one Top 25 win away from tying the school record for victories over a ranked opponent, which was set in 2007. LSU goes into the game ranked No. 1 in the nation in all of the major polls for the fifth consecutive week. LSU also has a perfect 1.000 rating in the BCS Standings, the first for any team in college football since 2006 when Ohio State did it during in the final standings. LSU is playing its eighth straight game as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team – the longest stretch since 1959. LSU is 21-3 all-time in games played as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team, which includes a 9-2 mark under Les Miles. 


LSU brings one of the top defenses in the nation into the Arkansas game as the Tigers are ranked in the top 5 nationally in five major categories – total defense (No. 2 at 247.91), scoring defense (No. 2 at 10.0), pass efficiency defense (No. 2 at 92.33 rating), rush defense (No. 3 at 89.64) and pass defense (No. 5 at 158.27). 


Offensively, LSU is second in the SEC in scoring with 37.9 points per game as the Tigers have tied the school record set in 2007 with seven 40-point games. LSU is averaging 377.1 total yards per game (209.5 rushing, 167.6 passing). QBs Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson have combined to complete 131-of-208 passes for 1,752 yards, 18 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions. A trio of sophomores lead the Tigers in rushing – Spencer Ware (6500 yards, 7 TDs), Michael Ford (625 yards, 7 TDs) and Alfred Blue (445 yards, 6 TDs). Rueben Randle (39 catches, 755 yards, 8 TDs) and true freshman WR Odell Beckham Jr. (33 catches, 410 yards, 2 TDs) lead the Tigers in receiving.


Defensively, LSU has allowed just four TDs in its seven SEC games (1 each to Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Auburn) and the Tigers have held their first seven conference opponents to a combined 50 points. S Brandon Taylor leads the Tigers with 61 tackles, while S Eric Reid and CB Tyrann Mathieu follow with 58 tackles. CB Morris Claiborne is tops on the team in interceptions with 4. Other defensive standouts include DE Sam Montgomery (37 tackles, 10.0 TFL, 7.0 sacks), DT Bennie Logan (41 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks) and DE Barkevious Mingo (32 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 5.0 sacks).



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