by Robert Bell
ARKANSAS VS. LSU
1:30 p.m. LSU Tiger Stadium. $50.
With the death of Arkansas tight end and Little Rock native Garrett Uekman, this game will no doubt be freighted with even more significance for the Razorbacks, who tragically lost a friend and teammate last Sunday. As the team members mourn, they also prep for the biggest game of the year in hostile territory.
Already, there was a lot riding on this year's Arkansas-LSU game. Not to get too worked up, but if Arkansas wins (and especially if Alabama loses on Saturday against Auburn), the Razorbacks could be headed to the BCS Championship Game.
Or to translate that into stiff sportscaster lingo, this is a game with divisional, conference and national implications. Now, the inner workings of the BCS are widely considered arbitrary and capricious, and it's entirely possible that, no matter what happens Friday, the Hogs will end up in Orlando or even Dallas come January.
But however that shakes out, Arkansas-LSU is an exciting match-up every year, even if the rivalry is a newer one compared to some of the other age-old annual SEC grudge matches. But it will only get better with each passing year, and with new addition Missouri slated to play in the SEC East, there's no danger of "The Battle for the Golden Boot" ever mutating into "The Cluster%&¢! for the Golden Hip-Wader."
Anyways, WPS! The game is on CBS.