John David Mercer – USA Today Sports
The No. 7 ranked Tigers are bracing for a cold Saturday evening at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium. Ed Orgeron mentioned this week may have been his most important coaching week during his time at LSU. Just three spots outside the College Football Playoff, the Tigers have more than enough to still play for coming off the loss to Alabama.
The goal will be to win out and hope for either a spot in the big dance or a New Years Six bowl. Unbelievably, the Tigers haven’t had a ten-win season since 2012.
First, Orgeron must go into Fayetteville and prove he is still lethal coming off of losses. Chad Morris and Arkansas has steadily improved since Week 1 and their offense has been more efficient. Their defense is lackluster, but LSU’s offense didn’t do so hot last week. This will be a good opportunity for Joe Burrow and Steve Ensminger to get back on track.
Arkansas passing stats:
T. Storey: 104-178, 1223 yards, 9 TD, 7 INT
C. Kelley: 35-66, 455 yards, 5 TD, 5 INT
Storey will likely see the most talented secondary they’ve faced all season. John Battle will be “doubtful,” but Greedy and Grant Delpit will cause problems for Arkansas’ junior quarterback.
Arkansas rushing stats:
R. Boyd: 94 carries, 615 yards, 2 TD
LSU’s rush defense will lose a big piece in Breidon Fehoko, who will miss Saturday’s game with a hand injury.
The focus will be the start fast and not look back. Ed Orgeron knows the possibility of an “Alabama hangover” will not be an option as the team has much to play for as we hit mid-November.