LSU and Arkansas’ battle for The Boot resumes! Plus an update on Jim Hawthorne _lowres

Associated Press photo by DAVID QUINN -- Arkansas players and fans celebrate with The Golden Boot after Arkansas defeated LSU 17-0 in Fayetteville, Ark., last seson.

The "Golden Boot" trophy means a lot to the Arkansas Razorbacks. But that doesn't mean coach Bret Bielema thinks it's a work of art or anything...

"It kind of looks like a bad neck chain from the 80s," he said Wednesday on the weekly Southeastern Conference coaches teleconference. "It's a little gaudy. It's a little big. But it's gold plated."


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The No. 25 Razorbacks (6-3, 2-3) and No. 24 LSU Tigers (5-3, 3-2) will battle for that 'gaudy' trophy Saturday night in Fayetteville.

The boot has remained in Fayetteville two straight years. The Hogs have a winning streak against the Tigers for the first time since 2007-08 and the second time since the trophy’s inception in 1996.

“People freak out around that Boot,” Bielema said last season. “The power of that thing, our players really respond to it.”

The trophy was introduced to the series before the 1996 season.

Molded from 24-karat gold in the shape of the states of Arkansas and Louisiana, the trophy stands 4-feet tall and weighs nearly 200 pounds. It's valued at $10,000 and believed to be the heaviest trophy awarded in a college football rivalry, according to LSU sports information.