- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

Arkansas (5-4, 3-2 SEC) at No. 9 LSU (7-1, 4-1), 7:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Line: LSU by 7½.

Series Record: LSU leads 37-21-2.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

LSU can still win the SEC West crown if it wins out and if Alabama drops one of its final two league games, so the Tigers must keep winning to keep pressure on the Crimson Tide. Arkansas can become bowl eligible and follow up a dramatic win at Ole Miss with a victory in Death Valley.

KEY MATCHUP

LSU’s running game, led by Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette, against the Razorbacks’ defensive front. Even after being shut down against Alabama, LSU’s running game still averages 277.2 yards per game. Arkansas gives up 129.4 yards rushing per game, which ranks in the top 30 nationally.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Arkansas: RB Alex Collins, whose 108 yards rushing at Ole Miss last week gave him seven 100-yard games this season, tying him for second nationally with Fournette.

LSU: Fournette averages 172.9 yards rushing, but is coming off by far his worst performance this season, gaining 31 yards at Alabama. He’ll need to bounce back with a big day to remain among the Heisman front runners.

FACTS & FIGURES

The game is nicknamed the “Battle of the Boot” because the winner, since 1996, has received a large 24-karat gold trophy in the shape of the two border states, which resembles a boot. This year marks the 20th “Battle of the Boot,” with LSU having won 12. … The two starting quarterbacks play vastly different roles. Arakansas’ Brandon Allen ranks second in the SEC with 2,476 yards and 21 touchdowns passing, while LSU’s Brandin Harris, who operates in a run-heavy offense, has passed for 1,226 yards and 10 TDs. … Arkansas has scored 50 points in three straight games for the first time since 1916 and has scored 50 points in consecutive SEC games (OT victories against Auburn and Ole Miss) for the first time since joining the league in 1992. … LSU is 27-2 in games following a loss since Les Miles became coach in 2005. … LSU is 11-2-1 against Arkansas in Baton Rouge (The teams have played 25 times in Shreveport, Louisiana).

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