Game Day Preview: What you need to know about Arkansas-LSU
There are three games remaining on the schedule for Arkansas, and the Hogs need to win just one more to become bowl eligible. More incredible things could happen if the Razorbacks run the table, though.
If Arkansas wins out, and Alabama loses one of its next two, there would be a mess at the top of the SEC West standings, with Arkansas right in the mix. First thing’s first — the Battle of the Golden Boot in Baton Rouge on Saturday.
Arkansas went on the road last week and played second billing to a bigger SEC West game. You see how that turned out. The Razorbacks pulled off a win for the ages, one people will talk about for years. The LSU game on the road this week also takes a backseat to another premier SEC matchup, Alabama at Mississippi State.
The big question is: Can Arkansas pull off another big road win and keep that mystique going in the second half of this season?
Here’s what else you need to know about Saturday’s biggest game:
Arkansas Razorbacks (5-4) at No. 9 LSU Tigers (7-1)
Kickoff: Sat., Nov. 14, 7:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Weather: 56 degrees, 0 percent chance of rain (Weather.com)
Line: LSU -10
By the numbers
36 – Rushing yards by LSU against Arkansas last season in this game, including only 9 yards by then-freshman Leonard Fournette.
1,447 — Yards this season by LSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette, an average of 172.9 per game.
21 — Sacks by the LSU defense for minus-153 yards.
9 — Sacks allowed by the Arkansas offense.
Storylines to watch
Will LSU’s physical game against Alabama take its toll?
Last year LSU looked physically drained in the Arkansas game, which was one week after a loss to Alabama. LSU managed just 36 rushing yards on 32 carries and its offense looked out of sync last season against the Hogs. Fast forward to this season, and LSU is coming off another physical game to Alabama, in another defeat.
Can Arkansas stop LSU’s Leonard Fournette?
LSU sophomore running back Leonard Fournette is a beast, but Alabama’s defense made him look human last week. Fournette averages 172.9 yards per game and is one of the frontrunners for the Heisman Trophy. But the Crimson Tide held him to just 31 yards on 19 carries. Arkansas allows 129.4 yards per game rushing.
Will the Razorbacks keep momentum rolling?
When Arkansas was 2-4 going into the second half of the season, coach Bret Bielema said the team just needed to focus on one game at a time. There was a four overtime thrilling win against Auburn, a thrashing of UT-Martin and an epic overtime win against Ole Miss. The Razorbacks are playing with a lot of confidence on offense and believe they can win in the toughest division in college football.
Prediction: LSU 32, Arkansas 29
The Razorbacks offense is clicking on all cylinders. This game could be relatively low scoring, but tied going into another overtime game for the Hogs, which would be the fourth of the season.
Arkansas probably won’t hold Fournette under 100 yards, but the Hogs defense, which has been very porous, will try to make LSU quarterback Brandon Harris beat them with his arm.