SEC Football Preview: Arkansas at LSU

Arkansas-LSU preview

Arkansas faces LSU on Saturday in Baton Rouge. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Rowan Rehbein, 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Arkansas

Date Opponent TV
2-Sep vs. Western Carolina W 56-13
9-Sep vs. Kent State W 28-6
16-Sep vs. BYU L 31-38
23-Sep at LSU ESPN
30-Sep vs. Texas A&M*
7-Oct at Ole Miss
14-Oct at Alabama
21-Oct vs. Mississippi State
4-Nov at Florida
11-Nov vs. Auburn
18-Nov vs. FIU
24-Nov vs. Missouri CBS

LSU

Date Opponent TV
3-Sep vs. Florida State* L 24-45
9-Sep vs. Grambling State W 72-10
16-Sep at Mississippi State W 41-14
23-Sep vs. Arkansas ESPN
30-Sep at Ole Miss ESPN
7-Oct at Missouri
14-Oct vs. Auburn
21-Oct vs. Army West Point
4-Nov at Alabama
11-Nov vs. Florida
18-Nov vs. Georgia State
25-Nov vs. Texas A&M

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Arkansas LSU
ESPN FPI 42 9
Sagarin 29 10
Massey Composite 44 16
PiRate Ratings 30 6

KEY STATS

Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct LSU
Arkansas
5
65
1
10
0.575
0.425
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense Arkansas
LSU
18
66
4
8
0.300
0.385
4th Down Conversion Pct Arkansas
LSU
36
65
5
8
0.667
0.500
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense Arkansas
LSU
24
88
3
9
0.333
0.600
Blocked Kicks
Blocked Kicks Allowed Arkansas
LSU
1
1
1
1
0
0
Blocked Punts
Blocked Punts Allowed Arkansas
LSU
1
1
1
1
0
0
Completion Percentage Arkansas
LSU
17
18
2
3
0.722
0.713
Defensive TDs Arkansas 1 1 2
Fewest Penalties LSU
Arkansas
9
114
1
13
10
25
Fewest Penalties Per Game LSU
Arkansas
9
117
1
13
3.33
8.33
Fewest Penalty Yards LSU
Arkansas
19
119
2
14
100
245
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game LSU
Arkansas
19
122
2
14
33.33
81.67
First Downs Defense LSU
Arkansas
25
31
5
6
48
49
First Downs Offense LSU
Arkansas
8
79
1
11
84
61
Fumbles Lost Arkansas
LSU
24
24
3
3
1
1
Fumbles Recovered Arkansas
LSU
34
70
3
7
2
1
Kickoff Return Defense LSU
Arkansas
68
107
8
13
19.50
23.25
Kickoff Returns Arkansas
LSU
79
99
11
13
18.67
17.12
Net Punting Arkansas
LSU
14
23
3
6
43.29
42.40
Passes Had Intercepted LSU
Arkansas
14
14
2
2
1
1
Passes Intercepted Arkansas
LSU
11
68
2
7
5
2
Passing Offense LSU
Arkansas
10
84
3
11
344.3
219.0
Passing Yards Allowed Arkansas
LSU
53
61
7
8
201.7
207.7
Passing Yards per Completion LSU
Arkansas
41
83
6
11
13.42
11.53
Punt Return Defense LSU
Arkansas
8
40
1
8
0.00
3.00
Punt Returns Arkansas
LSU
3
39
1
8
25.67
10.67
Red Zone Defense Arkansas
LSU
58
93
4
11
0.800
0.889
Red Zone Offense Arkansas
LSU
31
52
3
5
0.917
0.882
Rushing Defense Arkansas
LSU
4
74
1
12
55.7
130.7
Rushing Offense LSU
Arkansas
34
72
3
8
192.7
151.3
Sacks Allowed Arkansas
LSU
79
79
9
9
2.33
2.33
Scoring Defense Arkansas
LSU
45
69
9
11
19.0
23.0
Scoring Offense LSU
Arkansas
10
33
2
6
45.7
38.3
Tackles for Loss Allowed LSU
Arkansas
38
62
3
8
4.33
5.33
Team Passing Efficiency LSU
Arkansas
18
25
2
4
174.23
168.72
Team Passing Efficiency Defense Arkansas
LSU
51
64
5
8
121.35
129.49
Team Sacks Arkansas
LSU
7
91
1
11
4.00
1.67
Team Tackles for Loss Arkansas
LSU
3
92
2
12
10.0
5.0
Time of Possession Arkansas
LSU
27
29
2
3
32:14
32:09
Total Defense Arkansas
LSU
11
60
2
10
257.3
338.3
Total Offense LSU
Arkansas
6
81
1
12
537.0
370.3
Turnover Margin Arkansas
LSU
8
45
1
5
1.67
0.33
Turnovers Gained Arkansas
LSU
11
83
1
9
7
3
Turnovers Lost Arkansas
LSU
10
10
4
4
2
2
Winning Percentage Arkansas
LSU
41
41
6
6
0.667
0.667

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Arkansas

QB KJ Jefferson, RB Raheim Sanders, WR Andrew Armstrong, OL Beaux Limmer, DE Trajan Jeffcoat, DL Cameron Ball, LB Chris Paul, CB Dwight McGlothem, K Cam Little.

LSU

QB Jayden Daniels, RB Noah Cain, WR Malik Nabers, TE Mason Taylor, OL Emery Jones, LB Harold Perkins, DT Mekhi Wingo, DT Maason Smith, OL Will Campbell, OL Emery Jones, LB Ovie Oghoufu, LB Omar Speights, S Greg Brooks.

INJURIES

Arkansas


Player POS Status
R. Sanders RB Ques Sat – Knee
S. Mbake WR out for season – Knee

LSU


Player POS Status
M. Taylor TE Prob Sat – Ankle
A. Goodwin RB Ques Sat – Undisclosed
O. Speights LB Ques Sat – Undisclosed
G. Brooks Jr. S Ques Sat – Undisclosed
J. Johnson CB Early Dec – Leg

Source: Covers.com

Arkansas vs. LSU Football Series History

LSU leads 43-23-2

COMMENTS

I’m going with LSU in this one. It’s tough being a visitor in Tiger Stadium. There are hostile fans for every team but I think LSU has the most fanatical fans that will do anything they can to harrass visiting teams. Arkansas has won just five of the last 15 matchups between these two schools. The hogs have won in Baton Rouge just twice since 2008. Arkansas does have some weapons in quarterback KJ Jefferson and runningback Raheim Sanders, to name a few. I think LSU has the edge in this one. Arkansas could pull off a miracle win but that’s a long shot.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Arkansas 13, LSU 27

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

LSU 45, Arkansas 28

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 4:00 PM ET. Watch this SEC football game on the Network.

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