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Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 11/25/2011

LSU vs. Arkansas: No. 1 Tigers are undefeated; No. 3 Razorbacks are on a roll

Last week, Les Miles and the Tigers celebrated a victory over Ole Miss. (Joe Murphy / Getty Images)
Forget shopping today — there’s a college football game, a big college football game. (If shop you must, be sure to be in an electronics store at 2:30 (EST). Or get CBS’s live stream.)

Otherwise, you’ll miss No. 1 LSU vs. No. 3 Arkansas in Baton Rouge — the biggest game in Death Valley in 50-some years. (On Halloween in 1959, Billy Cannon returned a punt 89 yards for a 7-3 victory for the Tigers, who were ranked No. 1, over No. 3 Mississippi.)

LSU comes into the game with an 11-0 record, a 7-0 Southeastern Conference record. The Tigers have never been 12-0 and are in the mix for a spot in the Bowl Championship Series’ national championship game.

“This is a game that we really look forward to,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “It is a game of significance unlike other similar games we have played this year. Our guys are poised to play a game of significance and [for] an opportunity to achieve all the things they want to achieve.”

The rewards for a win would, obviously, be significant for Arkansas, which matches up with LSU fairly well and has won seven straight games. The Razorbacks are 10-1 (6-1 SEC), with the lone loss against No. 2 Alabama in September. Arkansas is a team in mourning though, playing for the first time since the death of freshman tight end Garrett Uekman, of an undiagnosed heart condition, last Sunday. There was a campus memorial for Uekman on Monday and the Razorbacks canceled media availability.

“As his parents shared with us, Garrett would have wanted us to play,” Petrino said Monday (via “He would have wanted us to compete. He would have wanted us to play passionately with everything we had. With your support, we will do just that.”

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