I see two scenarios: The first is that the team with superior talent takes control of the game and wins. That’d be LSU. The only variable in this circumstance is when LSU takes over the game. If Tigers seize control early, it could be a blow out. They might start slow and eventually wake up, in which case they’ll likely break open a close game on a big play or turnover in the second half. I’m thinking the latter, so 35-21, LSU.
Second scenario: LSU, beaten up and bedraggled after Alabama’s now annual whuppin’, can’t get off the mat and the Hogs do just enough to win, 21-20.
Last week LSU pretty well played toe to toe with the number 1 team in the country. They are an SEC team. Not the best, but certainly an SEC team with SEC talent.
On the other hand, The Hogs barley scrapped out a win against the bottom team in the Sun Belt. The defense was dominated by said Sun Belt team. The Hogs wear and SEC patch, but are not even close to that.
No way LSU can take The Hogs seriously (who can?) so they may stop themselves once or twice and prevent them from scoring every time, still:
LSU - 48
Hogs - 3 (if LSU does not want a shutout).
Tigers turn the tables and use CBB’s own formula to play keep-away and slowly squeeze the life out of the Hogs with a ball-control offense. Arkansas will be able to move the ball some on LSU - but the offense won’t have enough opportunities because LSU will run the ball down the Hogs’ throat.
I look for LSU to rack up 250+ yards on the ground – most of it on the dreaded jet sweep. That seems to be LSU’s Offensive Coordinator’s favorite play and our defense’s biggest weakness. If a hobbled Cole Kelley starts, I think we have trouble sustaining any offensive momentum. If Austin Allen starts, I think we’ll have some success moving the ball. Although, ultimately, I don’t believe it would make a difference if Dak Prescott were starting at QB for us Saturday. LSU 44 ARKANSAS 14
I would like to think that LSU can’t get up for this game and comes out flat, and they may. Even so, I don’t think we have the ability to take advantage if that happens and they win anyway. I always want to win this game above any other SEC game but I don’t see how that happens. If it did, it would be more of a miracle than the Miracle on Markham but then we were a much better team then than this year, so that makes sense that it would be a bigger win. I can dream nonetheless. I hope we don’t get embarrassed.