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Hogs get their shot at LSU

For all those Arkansas fans wondering why the Hogs aren't getting more love nationally, here's your chance.

It comes next Friday in Baton Rouge.

There's no denying, either, that No. 6 Arkansas is playing its best football after thrashing Mississippi State 44-17 on Saturday in Little Rock for its seventh straight victory.

Quarterback Tyler Wilson set a school record with 32 completions. He finished with 365 passing yards and three touchdown passes, and the Hogs' defense also came up big after Mississippi State pulled within 14-10 in the second quarter. The Bulldogs went three-and-out on their next six possessions.

Arkansas (10-1, 6-1) has scored 137 points in its last three games, so there's no question that the Hogs are capable of scoring with anybody. But can they score enough on LSU's defense, particularly in Tiger Stadium, to win?

It's certainly the biggest game the Hogs have played in the Bobby Petrino era, and you'd probably have to go back to Houston Nutt's first season in 1998 when an unbeaten Arkansas team faced an unbeaten and No. 1 Tennessee team to find a bigger one in the realm of Arkansas football.

The Hogs have now won 10 or more games for the first time since the 1988 and 1989 seasons when they were still in the old Southwest Conference.

By beating LSU next week, Arkansas could create a three-way tie in the Western Division -- if Alabama also wins next week at Auburn. If Auburn were to upset Alabama and Arkansas wins in Baton Rouge, the Hogs would win the head-to-head tiebreaker with LSU and go to the SEC championship game.

But in a three-way tie, it would come down to the BCS standings, and because the second-highest ranked team would be within five spots of the highest-ranked team, the third team would be eliminated. Head-to-head competition would then determine the tie between the top two teams, which is why Arkansas doesn't need Alabama to be one of the two highest ranked teams. The Crimson Tide beat the Hogs 38-14 back in September.

Either way, the Hogs have a big-time chance to make their biggest splash nationally in a long time next Friday.