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Black plastic tarps cover all the Ouachita Baptist University signs around campus to protect them from being defaced. Students gather blankets, snacks and entertainment preparing to camp out in the middle of campus and guard the tiger statue all night. For Ouachita students, this can only mean one thing. It’s Battle of Ravine week in Arkadelphia, Ark., and anticipation is mounting over the oldest college football rivalry in NCAA Division II.

A tradition that began in 1895, the 88th football game between Ouachita and Henderson State University will be played this Saturday, Nov. 15, at 3 p.m. across the street from Ouachita at Henderson’s Carpenter-Haygood Stadium. The undefeated Ouachita Tigers, who already have clinched a share of the Great American Conference championship, are seeking to go 10-0 and earn sole possession of the GAC title against the 9-1 HSU Reddies.



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