LSU report card: Tigers get low marks for second week in a row
For the second consecutive season, the LSU Tigers lost to Alabama and Arkansas in back-to-back weeks.The Tigers were tripped up 31-14 by the Razorbacks and looked poor throughout Saturday’s game. LSU’s College Football Playoff hopes are essentially gone, and the team will have to fight to get into a New Year’s Six Bowl.
The report card is in and LSU did not do well once again.
Once again, LSU’s offense was stalled because Leonard Fournette could not eclipse the 100-yard threshold. Fournette ran for a modest 91 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries, and he earned every single yard. LSU’s offensive line struggled mightily and could not get much of a push against the Arkansas front seven.
Brandon Harris was out of sync early and his horrible fumble deep in LSU territory pretty much put the game out of reach. Harris finished 21-of-35 for 271 yards, one touchdown and a late interception. Teams are daring Harris to beat them, and he has come up short twice.
Les Miles said his defense played well aside from three plays, but those three plays were all enormous touchdowns of 52 yards or longer. The Tigers surrendered 299 rushing yards, and tailback Alex Collins scampered for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
Miles might have thought his defense played well, but the big plays doomed the Tigers.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B
Give credit to Derrius Guice for making a lot out of a little on his five kick returns. Guice had 132 yards on those returns and often made some shifty moves to keep the play alive. LSU’s special teams was mainly quiet otherwise, which is a good thing for the Tigers.
Miles said the game was entirely his fault, and he’s not far off. LSU’s offensive game plan was to spread the Razorbacks and set up the run with the pass. The Tigers punted on their first four drives and turned the ball over on their fifth possession. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s game plan failed miserably.
Miles said his coaching staff may be the problem and did his best to take the blame off his players. The coaches will need to be the catalysts if the Tigers hope to turn the season around.
The Tigers have gone from College Football Playoff contenders to possibly even out of a New Year’s Six bowl in two weeks. LSU has hit a major funk, or perhaps has played the same against tougher opponents. The Tigers have a couple of weeks to salvage a respectable campaign.