Bret Bielema and the Arkansas Razorbacks will be battling for a boot this weekend. But not just any retail boot. They’ll be playing for a gold boot.
The Razorbacks and LSU Tigers battle every year for “The Golden Boot“, which is awarded to the winner of the annual rivalry game. The Razorbacks have brought home the boot the last two times these teams have played and are looking to do so for a third consecutive time.
Bielema, appearing on SEC Now, spoke about the rivalry, and the boot, mean to the state of Arkansas.
“It’s unlike any other.” Bielema said on the rivalry. “It’s a border state. You have the two fanbases. I mean, how many people fight over a boot? It’s a representation of success for your coaches and players, your coaches, your fan base and the pride of your state.
“As Commissioner Sankey always says, it just means more,” Bielema said.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron also understands the importance of the rivalry game.
“I have in-laws in Arkansas,” Orgeron said at his press conference on Monday. “I know what this means to them. It just seems like every time somebody plays LSU it’s their game of the year. Although it would be nice to bring the Boot home, I don’t think it will be our motivation this week.”
Arkansas and LSU kickoff at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN on Saturday.