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Top 10 Preview: LSU takes on No. 2 Oklahoma in double meet weekend

No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 LSU

Oklahoma moved to No. 2 nationally this week, marking the fourth week of competition that the Sooners have been ranked in the top two.

Seven individual Sooners own 10 appearances in the top 25 individual rankings, with Erica Brewer, Maile'ana Kanewa and McKenzie Wofford each earning spots in multiple events. Brewer continues to appear in the top 10 nationally in the all-around, coming in at No. 7.

The Sooners are set to face LSU in Norman, Okla., marking one of the squad's biggest home meets of the season. The two teams will square off in the Lloyd Noble Center at Sunday at 2:45 p.m.

Before the meet on Sunday, LSU will be pretty warm. The Fighting Tigers will travel to No. 11 Arkansas for a meet at 8 p.m. Friday in Barnhill Arena.

For the first time since the 2008 season, LSU will compete twice in the same weekend during the regular season.

LSU would like nothing better than to carry into this road swing the momentum the Tigers built last week in a 197.650-196.825 victory against Alabama.

In that meet, the Tigers posted the nation’s second-highest vault total with a 49.575 and the third-best floor score with a 49.550 as well as a season-high 49.400 on bars.

No. 1 Florida vs. Kentucky

Florida resumes Southeastern Conference dual meet action Friday when it meets Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. in UK’s Memorial Coliseum.

Florida is coming off one of the nation’s top dual meets of the 2014 season. It was No. 1 Oklahoma versus No. 2 Florida and the Gators took a 197.875-197.225 win against the Sooners. Sophomore Bridget Sloan used the nation’s top total of the season of 39.75 to take her third consecutive all-around title.

Kentucky returns home after a 197.300-190.950 loss Saturday at then No. 6 Georgia. The Wildcats top event was floor where they turned in a 49.00, led by junior Shelby Hilton’s 9.825.

No. 4 Utah vs. Arizona

Utah (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) hosts No. 13 Arizona (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12) at 9 p.m. on Friday. 

Utah is off to a 6-0 start for the first time since its NCAA runner-up season in 2008. Junior All-American Georgia Dabritz, the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week for the first three meets of the season, has won nine of her 12 events, including all four bar competitions.

Arizona beat Washington last Saturday in Tucson 196.500-195.175 to even its Pac-12 record at 1-1.

No. 5 Georgia vs. No. 7 Alabama

Georgia will travel to Tuscaloosa to take on Alabama at 8:30 on Friday. The Gym Dogs are coming off their second-highest score of the season in a 197.300-190.950 win against Kentucky. Alabama fell to LSU last week in Baton Rouge 197.650-196.825.

This is the fifth top-10 team Georgia has faced in seven meets this season. All four of the Gym Dogs’ road meets have been against teams ranked in the top-10.

Georgia and Alabama are among the top programs in college gymnastics, combining for 16 NCAA titles. The two teams have combined to win seven of the past nine national championships. This marks the 134th all-time meeting between Georgia and Alabama with UGA holding an 80-51-2 advantage.

No. 8 Nebraska vs. Penn State

Following a season-best score of 196.975 last weekend in a win against Minnesota, Nebraska will hit the road for the third time this season to face No. 23 Penn State. The Huskers (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) and the Nittany Lions (8-1, 2-0 Big Ten) will square off in Rec Hall at 4 p.m. Saturday. This meet is a double dual with the Penn State men’s gymnastics team.

The Huskers look to hold onto their momentum coming off a strong showing last weekend. Nebraska leads Penn State all-time in the series, holding a 38-9 regular-season edge.

No. 9 UCLA vs. Arizona State

UCLA (2-2, 2-1 in the Pac-12) returns home to host 20th-ranked Arizona State (5-2, 2-1) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA is 53-23 all-time against Arizona State and has not lost to the Sun Devils since Jan. 26, 2001 in Tempe, a streak of 25 consecutive wins.

Sophomore Danusia Francis achieved a gymnastics first on Jan. 11, becoming the first gymnast to do a sideways side aerial into a layout full dismount off the side of the beam.

No. 10 Auburn vs. Air Force

Auburn steps out of conference for the final time in 2014 to visit Air Force at 8 p.m. Saturday in Cadet West Gym.

Auburn is coming off an impressive win at Arkansas on Friday 196.550-196.100 the first win for the Tigers in Fayetteville.

The Tigers are ranked No. 10 in scoring average at 196.125 along with ranking fifth nationally on vault, 15th on bars, 18th on beam and ninth on floor.

The meet will be only the second meeting between the two programs. Air Force is coming off a second place showing in a tri-meet with Utah State and Seattle Pacific. The Falcons are averaging a total score of 191.950, a mark that ranks 50th nationally.

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