Cold weather awaits Tigers, Razorbacks

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.– It’s a cold, sunny day at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium as No. 8 LSU prepares to play its regular-season finale against Arkansas on Friday afternoon.

A cold front moved through the area Thursday night and dropped temperatures substantially. The temperature will be in the low 50s for the 1:39 p.m. kickoff and are expected to drop throughout the latter stages of the game.

The Tigers (9-2 and 5-2 in the Southeastern Conference) need to victory to remain in contention for a BCS bowl bid. If LSU wins it will stay alive in the race for the SEC West title. It would then need Texas A&M to defeat Missouri and Auburnto upset Alabama on Saturday.

The winner of the West will play East champion Georgia in the SEC Championship game Dec. 1 in the Georgia Dome.

Even if the Tigers don’t get the help needed to win the West, a victory against the Razorbacks could put them in a BCS Bowl such as the Sugar Bowl. A victory by Florida State against Florida would aid LSU’s chances of getting into a BCS bowl.

Arkansas, which was projected to be an SEC West contender as well before the season, is concluding a disappointing year. The Razorbacks, 4-7 and 2-5, will honor 22 outgoing seniors, including record-setting quarterback Tyler Wilson, in a ceremony prior to their final college game.

This is also expected to be the last game for Arkansas interim head coach John L. Smith.

There are no anticipated changes to the Tigers starting lineup.

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