Arkansas-LSU: Score predictions and players to watch for Saturday
Arkansas will face LSU at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday inside Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.
To help get you ready for the game, SEC Country’s Arkansas reporters Trent Shadid, Eric Bolin and John Nabors provide their score predictions and players to watch below.
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LSU 35, Arkansas 10 — Trent Shadid
Arkansas is riding a two-game winning streak into this one. It’s the first time the Hogs have strung together wins since September 2016 when they began the season 3-0. However, that doesn’t mean they are playing particularly well. For the most part, Arkansas was outplayed by both Ole Miss and Coastal Carolina in narrow victories the past two weeks. Meanwhile, LSU is playing its best football of the season and looks like a totally different team since losing 24-21 to Troy in late September. That spells a blowout in favor of the Tigers.
LSU 34, Arkansas 24 — Eric Bolin
This is going to be the best game Arkansas has played in more than a month and, still, the Razorbacks will lose. No one on the outside probably believes it, but Arkansas, in the locker room, is a team that knows it’s won two straight and it’s a bunch that believes in momentum. Why not? Bad Arkansas teams have beaten good LSU teams before. It’s rare, though. And this isn’t one of those years.
LSU 49, Arkansas 17 — John Nabors
The Hogs are heading down into Death Valley for an 11 a.m. kickoff that I am sure not many people will be watching. The kick time may be a slight advantage for Arkansas early on, but not much else. LSU’s defense stifles the Razorbacks late in the game and the Tigers — like everyone else against the Hogs — will score at will.
Players to watch
QB Austin Allen — Trent Shadid
I fully expect Austin Allen to make his first start at quarterback since sustaining a right shoulder injury that has kept him sidelined the past four weeks. If Allen gets some protection and can get into a groove, he’s likely Arkansas’ best chance at pulling an upset.
QB Austin Allen — Eric Bolin
Won’t find many bigger fans of Allen than I am. He’s a big reason, if he is truly healthy, why I think the Hogs play well Saturday. Sure, the 24 points aren’t as many as the Razorbacks had against Coastal Carolina and Ole Miss, but LSU is a lot better than those two teams and dropping 24 points against that defense is far more impressive. Expect some rust, maybe even a turnover, but also expect an Allen bounce back.
RB T.J. Hammonds— John Nabors
I have now picked T.J. Hammonds the past 3 weeks, but he is just the most obvious choice. Hammonds has been handcuffed by this staff all season and now the pressure to play him is at an all-time high. If Bielema decides to hold him back again in this game, it will have to be because he and Hammonds just don’t get along.
Arkansas is 5-5 in past 10 years against LSU:
|2016||No. 19 LSU 38, Razorbacks 10||Fayetteville|
|2015||Razorbacks 31, No. 9 LSU 14||Baton Rouge|
|2014||Razorbacks 17, No. 20 LSU 0||Fayetteville|
|2013||No. 15 LSU 31, Razorbacks 27||Baton Rouge|
|2012||No. 8 LSU 20, Razorbacks 13||Fayetteville|
|2011||No. 1 LSU 41, No. 3 Razorbacks 17||Baton Rouge|
|2010||No. 12 Razorbacks 31, No. 6 LSU 23||Fayetteville|
|2009||No. 17 LSU 33, Razorbacks 30||Baton Rouge|
|2008||Razorbacks 31, LSU 30||Fayetteville|
|2007||Razorbacks 50, No. 1 LSU 48||Baton Rouge|