The Battle for the Gold Boot does not have its usual excitement surrounding it. Arkansas has been having an extremely disappointing season. LSU is in a much better position, but they bring an uncharacteristic three loss record into the game. The Razorbacks won their first three games of the season, but will be trying to snap an eight game losing streak in Death Valley.
This year’s game does not have much glamour to it, but the rivalry has produced several gems in recent years. In fact there has been only one game between the two schools since 2005 in which the winning margin was more than a single possession. Even last season, when the Tigers were heavily favored, the Razorbacks were right there the entire game and even had two plays from the LSU 18 to attempt to force overtime.
It is going to be difficult for Arkansas to keep this one close in Death Valley. The Tigers look to be superior in nearly every category, but they are trying to not repeat the same cockiness that nearly cost them the game last year. This game is especially important to the Razorbacks because with no chance of winning six games, this is the last game of their season.
LSU needs to beat Arkansas then win their bowl game, if they want to get Les Miles his fourth straight double-digit win season, a feat no other LSU coach has accomplished.
A ten win season is something important to Jarvis Landry.
It’s one of those streaks that we’ve got going, one of those positive things. Unfortunately, that doesn’t take away the losses, but to get to double-digit wins speaks a lot about the players, coaches and the program.
LSU running back Terrence Magee compared the game to Arkansas’ Super Bowl.
It’s their Super Bowl. This is their bowl game. They’re going to come in and give us everything they got.