Arkansas -LSU On Friday Again

CBS announces that the Arkansas-LSU will once again be moved to Friday with this year's game scheduled for Nov. 29 in Baton Rouge at 1:30 p.m.

For at least one more year, Arkansas and LSU will get together on the football field the day after Thanksgiving.

CBS announced Wednesday that the game – also known as the Battle for the Golden Boot - had been moved from Saturday, Nov. 30 to Friday, Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

The 2014 SEC schedule will be announced next week at the league's spring meetings in Destin, Fla., and it's speculated that Arkansas and Missouri will be matched as end of the year opponents with Texas A&M taking on LSU.

That will be just fine with Razorback head coach Bret Bielema.

"Obviously (Missouri is) one of the newer teams to the SEC, but one of the things that would really be neat is to set that game up at the end of the year to make sure that you had that look and that dynamic that was a constant," Bielema said earlier this spring. "Just because of the region, because of recruiting it would be a natural born rivalry and I think something that we can build as a culture as this continues to move forward."

This will be the 17th time in the 22 years and 18th since the Razorbacks joined the SEC that the game will be played on the day after Thanksgiving.

It is a end-of-the-year rivalry game that Jeff Long, Arkansas' Director of Athletics, would like to continue to see played.

"We have been in the league for not a long, long time," Long said. "One of the traditions we have been able to accomplish is playing LSU, a border school, the last game of the season after Thanksgiving. … That's a tradition we want to hold onto that we think is special. This league talks about maintaining those traditions that we think are special and important, I hope and believe this is one we should maintain from the UA perspective. "Now, I also realize that we are a conference of 14," Long continued. "Things are changing. Scheduling has gotten more difficult. Television is expressing interest more than ever. If you're asking me if I think it's a possibility [that the game changes], yes, it's a possibility. But I'd hope that we can protect that tradition that we have."

It occurred every year on Friday from 1996-2008 before Auburn and Alabama took it over in 2009 and 2010.

The Tigers beat the Razorbacks 20-13 in Fayetteville last season and have won the last two games in the series.

The 2012 Arkansas-LSU game was watched by 4.2 million viewers last season.

The Razorbacks opens their 2013 season Aug. 31 in Fayetteville with Louisiana-Lafayette.





Tevin Mitchel makes a play against LSU in last season's game.


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