Are you ready for some football? A Saturday morning pajama party? For just the 12th time since 1958, LSU is serving football for brunch at Tiger Stadium as Arkansas pays visit for an 11 a.m. local kick.
Because the early kickoff is such an anomaly around these parts, the conversation has focused around that rather than the fact that the Razorbacks are usually quite a handful for the Tigers. In the last decade, it’s a dead-even series with each team winning five games. Even when LSU won the 2007 national championship, it could not do so without an overtime loss to Arkansas.
These Hogs are quite bad on paper, so the game shouldn’t be particularly close. But don’t be shocked to see something crazy happen in the Battle for the Boot.
SEC Country’s Alex Hickey, Nick Suss, Sam Spiegelman and “One Team, One Podcast” host Carter Bryant make their predictions.
Sam Spiegelman: LSU 38, Arkansas 10
Nick Suss: LSU 31, Arkansas 7
Carter “The Power” Bryant: LSU 41, Arkansas 17
Arkansas is playing terrible and was crushed by LSU last season. But the Razorbacks have traditionally played some of their best ball under Bret Bielema against the Tigers. Expect a motivated group of Razorbacks that features 13 players from Louisiana. With that said, there no reason LSU should struggle against a bad team.
Alex Hickey: LSU 34, Arkansas 24
Last week Arkansas eked past FBS newbie Coastal Carolina, 39-38, and now the Calling of the Hogs goes something like “Wooo! Pig! Sooooie! Fire Bielema!”
But I think back to LSU’s loss to Troy. The Tigers came out motivated the next week and beat Florida on the road. I expect a similar effort out of the Hogs. They’ll just have the misfortune of running into a much better opponent than Florida.