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Arkansas football coach Houston Nutt has a different perspective on Saturday's game against Mississippi State.

A victory in Starkville would assure the No. 5-ranked Razorbacks a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game. Arkansas was blown out in two previous chances.

"This is it. This is championship week. This is where you take it," Nutt said. "This is Super Bowl week. It's this week and it's in Starkville."

For LSU to have a shot at the SEC title, the Tigers will have to beat Ole Miss on Saturday.

Both LSU and Arkansas take onMagnolia State teams - Arkansas at Mississippi State for a 1:30 p.m. game, while LSU hosts Ole Miss at 7 p.m.

The Razorbacks moved up to No. 5 in The Associated Press Top 25 and No. 7 in the BCS standings after rolling to a 31-14 win over Tennessee on Saturday. Arkansas hasn't been ranked this high by the AP since 1985.

The Razorbacks benefited from losses by Louisville, Auburn, Texas and California - and clearly impressed voters with their own performance.

"Some teams in front of us in the polls lost so it gave us some opportunity," quarterback Casey Dick said after the game. "Now after our win tonight hopefully we will get respect."

The Razorbacks had a major chance to prove themselves against a ranked opponent Saturday night, and they took full advantage. Darren McFadden ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass, doing most of his damage in the first half as Arkansas built a 28-7 lead.

Dick went 10-of-15 for 154 yards and a touchdown for Arkansas, and Monk had eight catches for 137 yards and two TDs.

Russell made difference

JaMarcus Russell foiled the upset-minded Crimson Tide all night with his fancy footwork and three TD passes, helping LSU keep its slim hopes for an SEC West title alive with a 28-14 victory Saturday night.

The 6-foot-6, 257-pound Russell was an efficient 18-of-21 passing for 207 yards, took only one sack and ran for 36 yards. He connected with Early Doucet, Dwyane Bowe and Jacob Hester for scores. Freshman running back Keiland Williams gave the Tigers an early lead on a 38-yard touchdown run.

LSU (8-2, 4-2, SEC) also did not turn the ball over, unlike an Alabama squad that might have pulled off an upset if not for missed opportunities.

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