LSU/Arkansas Pre-game Notes

LSU and Arkansas meet in the regular season finale.

LSU will play its final regular season game of the season on Saturday when the 17th-ranked Tigers host Arkansas at 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium on ESPN.

LSU brings an 8-3 overall mark and a 4-3 league record into the game, while the Razorbacks have won four straight and stand at 7-4 overall and 3-4 in conference action.

LSU slid seven spots to No. 15 in the BCS Standings this week following the loss to Ole Miss. LSU has been ranked in the top 25 all season and this week the Tigers are No. 16 in the Harris Interactive poll, and No. 17 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches polls. Arkansas enters the contest unranked.

LSU has won at least eight games every year this decade. The Tigers' streak of 10 seasons with at least eight wins currently ranks as the nation's fifth best total. Other notable schools on the list include: Georgia and Texas are tied for first (12), Virginia Tech and Boise State are tied for third (11), Oklahoma is sixth (9), Ohio State seventh (8) and USC ninth (7).

It's Senior Day for LSU as the Tigers will honor its 24 seniors prior to the contest.

LSU and Arkansas meet for the 55th time with the Tigers holding a 33-19-2 advantage in the series.

Since Arkansas joined the SEC in 1992, LSU has a 10-7 mark against the Hogs. LSU is 8-2-1 all-time against Arkansas in Baton Rouge.

After playing on the Friday after Thanksgiving every year since 1996, the LSU-Arkansas game moves to Saturday this year. This year's game also marks the first time that ESPN will televise the Tigers and the Razorbacks since a 42-24 Arkansas win in Tiger Stadium in 1993.

It's the first time that LSU and Arkansas will square off in a night game in the modern era of football at LSU. Dating back to 1932, every game between LSU and Arkansas has taken place during the day.

For the 14th consecutive year, LSU and Arkansas will battle for "The Boot", a 24-karat gold trophy in the shape of the states of Arkansas and Louisiana that resembles a boot. LSU has won the trophy eight times - 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006, while Arkansas has claimed the trophy five times 1998, 2000, 2002, 2007, and 2008.

A total of 10 points have been the difference in the last four games between the teams (LSU won 19-17 in 2005 and 31-26 in 2006; Arkansas won 50-48 in 3OT in 2008 and 31-30 last year).

LSU is coming off a 25-23 loss to Ole Miss last week, while Arkansas beat Mississippi State, 42-21.

LSU is 11th in the SEC in total offense (308.18) and rushing offense (128.0) a game. The Tigers are ninth in scoring offense at 24.82 points a game.

Jordan Jefferson has connected on 152-of-247 passes for 1,785 yards, 14 TDs and just six interceptions. Jefferson, who is 8-4 as LSU's starting QB, has also added 127 rushing yards.

Russell Shepard is LSU's leading rusher that will play against Arkansas as the true freshman has gained 268 yards and 2 TDs on 41 carries. Stevan Ridley, however, is expected to start and get the bulk of the carries and the sophomore has 119 yards and 2 TDs on 19 rushes.

Brandon LaFell and Terrance Toliver have combined for more receptions (95) than any other wide receiver tandem in the SEC. LaFell leads the Tigers with 48 catches for 635 yards and 9 TDs, while Toliver has 47 catches for 654 yards and 3 scores. LaFell is No. 3 in the SEC in receptions per game, while Tolliver is No. 4.

Brandon LaFell has 9 TD receptions this year, which ranks No. 7 in school history. For his career, LaFell has 23 TD catches, No. 2 in school history behind Dwayne Bowe (26).

LSU is third in the SEC and 8th in the nation in scoring defense at 14.73 points per game. LSU gives up 322.18 yards a game on average (189.27 passing and 132.91 rushing).

The Tigers have allowed just 4 rushing TDs all year - the second lowest total in the nation.

LSU has forced 17 turnovers this year and the Tigers are third in the SEC and 17th nationally in turnover margin at +8 (0.73 per game).

The Tigers' four linebackers are the top tacklers on the team with Kelvin Sheppard leading the way with 96 stops, followed by Perry Riley (84), Harry Coleman (68) and Jacob Cutrera (66). Sheppard ranks No. 4 in the SEC in tackles with 8.7 per game.

Patrick Peterson is No.3 in the SEC in passes defended with 14 (12 PBUs, 2 interceptions).

Rahim Alem leads LSU with four sacks on the year.

LSU will be the sixth ranked opponent Arkansas has faced this season (AP or USA Today Coaches').

Arkansas has started seven true freshmen this season; the total ranks second nationally and leads the SEC.

Currently, Arkansas leads the SEC in scoring offense (38.0), total offense (445.2), passing offense (310.3), touchdowns (51), passing touchdowns (30), opp. fourth down conv. (25.0) and red zone offense (98 pct.). The Razorbacks have never finished a season leading the SEC in scoring or passing offense.

The Razorbacks have scored 40-or-more points in seven games this season.

Ryan Mallett leads the SEC and ranks third nationally in pass efficiency (165.18) and he also leads the league and is tied for third nationally in passing touchdowns (28). Mallett is first in the SEC and 13th in the nation in total offense (287.9) and he ranks first in the SEC in passing yards per game (290.5)

Ryan Mallett is the only SEC quarterback to have thrown for 400-or-more yards in a game this season (twice) and he leads the league in 300-yard passing performances (five).

Michael Smith (71-396-2) is the Hawgs' leading rusher but he will miss the remainder of the regular season with an injury. Broderick Green is just as dangerous as Smith as he leads Arkansas with 10 rushing TDs and has 372 yards on 85 carries.

Arkansas has five receivers with more than 300 yards receiving on the year led by Greg Childs (40-738-7 TDs), Jarius Wright (34-551-4 TDs), D.J. Williams (31-399-3 TDs), Joe Adams (26-540-6 TDs) and Cobi Hamilton (18-336-3 TDs).

Twelve different Arkansas receivers have caught TD passes this year.

Arkansas is first nationally in red zone offense as the Razorbacks have converted on 41-of-42 (98 pct.) trips inside the red zone (32 touchdowns, nine field goals). Arkansas is also tied for 10th nationally and is second in the SEC in red zone defense as it has allowed opponents to convert on only 26-of-36 (72 pct.) trips.

Arkansas is last in the SEC in total defense allowing 408.73 yards and ninth in scoring defense (25.1). The Hawgs give up 150.36 yards a game on the ground which is good for eighth in the conference, and 258.36 through the air which is last in the SEC.

Arkansas is +12 in turnover margin this season which is currently second in the SEC and seventh nationally.

Wendel Davis is Arkansas' leading tackler with 72 stops followed by Jerry Franklin with 71.

Jake Bequette leads the Hawgs with five sacks while Jerrell Norton and Tramain Thomas lead the way with two interceptions apiece.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN.


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