At the start of the college football season, this game looked like it would have much more of an impact on the BCS standings. The LSU Tigers and the Arkansas Razorbacks are always among the best teams in the SEC—but not this year.
The LSU Tigers are holding up their end of the bargain as a constant fixture in the Top 10 of the college football rankings, but the Razorbacks are awful.
According to the college football odds, the LSU Tigers are seven-point favorites over Arkansas in the battle for the Golden Boot. Razorback fans may be surprised that the odds are that low with the way this team has played this season.
The LSU Tigers barely squeaked by the Ole Miss Rebels, which lead to a very entertaining press conference by coach Les Miles.
Meanwhile, the Razorbacks were crushed on the road against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
That loss by the Razorbacks removed any chance for a bowl appearance and the Battle for the Golden Boot has become their last chance at a victory, in essence their bowl game.
For the first time, this rivalry game will be played in Fayetteville at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
Many would propose this will give the edge to the Razorbacks, but not the way they have played of late. The Razorbacks simple surrendered against Mississippi State, and there are multiple reasons to believe that they have given up on the season.
The headlines in Arkansas center around a coaching search, and the players seem uninterested on the field.
The Hogs keep fans engaged by keeping the game close, and then they commit crucial penalties, struggle doing the easy tasks and constantly turning over the ball. By the third quarter, the team is going through the motions and waiting for the game clock to expire.
The Tigers give the Hogs one last shot at redemption.
If the Razorbacks have any pride, they will play strong, physical football for the entire game. The team still has plenty to play for.
The Hogs can play for Tyler Wilson in his last game as a Razorback or play for coach John L. Smith in what is obviously his last game at the helm.
The Tigers are a top-ranked team and a win may not bring much, but it would reward the loyal fans with a victory. After the season the Razorbacks have delivered, they at least owe it to some of the best fans in college football to give it their all in the Battle for the Golden Boot.