According to the National Weather Service, November 2014 was the sixth coldest November in Fayetteville, Arkansas’ recorded history.
By the time the LSU-Arkansas game kicked off on Nov. 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, the temperature was 31 degrees. It was the coldest game LSU had ever played under former Tigers coach Les Miles.
Tigers center Ethan Pocic, who was then a sophomore, wasn’t fazed.
“I remember there was a nice chill temperature,” Pocic said of the 17-0 LSU loss. “I liked the temperature.”
Pocic is from Lemont, Illinois, so he knows about truly cold weather. The senior recalled one frigid day when he returned home after the Outback Bowl in 2013. He didn’t go outside that day.
It was minus 40 degrees.
LSU quarterback Danny Etling knows a thing or two about temperatures below freezing, too. He’s originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, and played two years at Purdue. He scoffs when asked about 50-degree weather.
“Fifties?? Are you joking. That’s a fall day,” Etling said. “Once it gets below 32, in the 20s and 10s, maybe we can talk about cold weather games.
“There can’t be any worse than West Lafayette about this time.”
It likely won’t get that cold when the No. 19 Tigers (5-3, 3-2) travel to Fayetteville to play the Razorbacks (6-3, 3-2) at 6 p.m. Saturday. The low temperature for Saturday night is 35 degrees with winds of only 2 miles per hour. It's expected to be 51 degrees at kickoff and 42 by the end of the game, according to WAFB.
Still, the temperature is much lower than what Baton Rouge has been experiencing. The local low so far this month has been 58 degrees. On top of that, the Tigers haven’t gone on the road in 49 days, which is second longest span between road games in school history.
The Tigers have dropped their last two games to Arkansas, which both followed losses to Alabama. Linebacker Duke Riley, a Buras native, doesn’t remember anything positive about that 2014 trip to Fayetteville, including the temperature.
“It was pretty bad, I’m not going to sit here and lie to you,” Riley said. “It was a bad experience. It was very cold, let’s just say that. I just say this for myself and the team, I don’t think guys were really into it. Not the weather, just guys weren’t into it. The vibes very different now.”
So how do the Tigers plan to stay warm this time? Defensive tackle Frank Herron, who is from Memphis, remembered two methods used before.
“You got to rub Vaseline on your arms,” Herron said. “That will help. That will help a lot. Sometimes, when it’s that cold, we have some hot chocolate on the field. I don’t know if that helps.”
Asked if he would wear a hoodie underneath his jersey, receiver Travin Dural said that’s not his style.
“I kind of just let my adrenaline take me and hopefully I don’t get cold,” he said.
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This will be the 62nd meeting between the Tigers and Razorbacks in a series that began in 1901, with LSU holding a 37-22-2 lead.
This will be only the fourth game played between these schools in Fayetteville, with Arkansas holding 2-1 lead. The Razorbacks won there 17-0 in 2014 but LSU won 20-13 in 2012. According to UA, Arkansas is seeking its first three-game winning streak in the series since 1927-29.
Since Arkansas joined the Southeastern Conference in 1992, LSU holds a 14-8 lead.
Battle for The Boot
For the 21st straight year LSU and Arkansas will battle for “The Boot,” a 24-karat gold trophy in the shape of the two states and one of the largest and most garish prizes in college football.
LSU leads 12-8 in battles for The Boot. The trophy will sit on the Arkansas sideline on Saturday night until the game is decided.
LSU has allowed an FBS best nine touchdowns in its first eight games, the Tigers’ best performance since 2006 when they allowed six touchdowns in the first eight. … Linebacker Kendall Beckwith had a career-high 16 tackles and now leads the SEC with 10.6 tackles per game. … Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (analyst) and Tom Lugenbill (sideline reporter) will call the game on ESPN.