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LSU-Arkansas rivalry takes on higher stakes

4 years ago November 24, 2011 Nov 24, 2011 Thursday, November 24 2011 Thursday, November 24, 2011 9:33:04 AM CST in LSU Sports
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE- As huge and heavy as the trophy known as "The Boot" may be, Arkansas and LSU have much bigger things to play for when their annual Thanksgiving week rivalry is renewed  Friday.

This is arguably the biggest game to be played in venerable Tiger Stadium in more than half a century.

Death Valley hasn't hosted a contest between two teams ranked in the top three since the famed Halloween night game between No. 1 LSU and third-ranked Mississippi back in 1959, when Billy Cannon's 89-yard punt return lifted the Tigers to a 7-3 win.

This time, unbeaten LSU (11-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) is again the top-ranked team in the nation, while the Razorbacks (10-1, 6-1) are No. 3. The winner could wind up playing for the national championship.

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