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Arkansas Razorbacks at LSU Tigers

Friday, 11/25/11, 2:30 PM EST, TV:  CBS
Opening Point Spread: LSU -14
Current Betting Line:  LSU -12
Opening Total:  52
Current Total:  52.5

Arkansas certainly has a chance of potentially shaking up the BCS standings with a victory on Friday, with the program set to play its fourth top-five matchup in school history.  The Razorbacks have tallied a 4-13 all-time record when facing off against the nation’s No. 1 team.

“A lot of people wrote us off there after the ‘Bama game,” stated Razorbacks defensive end Jake Bequette.  “We had some ugly wins afterward, but we’re playing well right now.”  Arkansas dropped a 38-14 contest to the Alabama Crimson Tide on Sept. 24 as 11-point road underdogs.

The program has won seven games in a row and have won 11 of their last 12 November games.  The Razorbacks are 33-13 all-time when ranked in the top five nationally and 7-2 when holding the No. 3 spot.

Quarterback Tyler Wilson is the start of the show offensively, leading a unit that has scored on 45-of-52 trips inside the red zone, which is tied for third in the Southeastern Conference.  He paces all conference throwers in averaging 292.3 passing yards per game.

Bettors will find that the Razorbacks have dropped both games against the spread when playing as an underdog of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons.

LSU is in the driver’s season to play in the BCS Championship Game and will be going after its first 12-0 start in school history.  The Tigers will be hosting a contest that features the highest-ranked teams in Tigers Stadium since the 1959 campaign.

“We all have just one goal: Get the the national championship.  And we don’t think anything can stop us from doing that but ourselves,” stated Tigers defensive tackle Michael Brockers.  He’s probably right with the stop unit giving up just 50 points in seven SEC games.

The Tigers have won of the best defenses in the nation, ranking second in allowing just 247.9 yards per game and 10.0 points a contest.  Coming in with the fifth-best pass defense in the country will certainly help in Friday’s matchup.

Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee form a capable quarterback duo that have combined to complete 131-of-208 passes for 1,752 yards and 18 touchdowns with just three interceptions.  They both will be handing the ball off to a trio of running backs, led by Spencer Ware with 650 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

LSU and Arkansas will be meeting for the 57th time, with Friday’s host holding a 34-20-2 advantage in the series, with the last six games being determined by a combined 21 points.

From a handicapping standpoint, it’s important to note that the Tigers are 5-13 ATS as a home favorite of 10.5 or more points.

Pick:  Arkansas Razorbacks +12

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