Arkansas football hosts LSU on Saturday in Fayetteville. Here are your three keys to an Arkansas victory.
By Don Yates
1. Welcome back Brennan
LSU quarterback Myles Brennan hasn’t played in a game in well over a month. The last game in which he played was the 45-41 loss at Missouri. The tough hog defense needs to welcome back Brennan by putting the heat on him early. Force some poor throws that might be picked and generally rough him up. Brennan is a very dangerous passer who completed 79 of 131 passes for 1,112 yards, 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions. The Razorbacks can’t afford to let him get going.
2. Block Stevens
All-SEC free safety JaCoby Stevens is a one-man wrecking machine for the Tigers. At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds he’s a little bigger than your average safety. Considered the top safety prospect nationally coming out of high school, Stevens is LSU’s top tackler with 36 stops. He also has 2 1/2 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, and has recovered 2 fumbles and force another. He had an impressive 15 1/2 TFLs in LSU’s 2019 championship season. The hogs have to keep the Murfreesboro, Tenn., native contained to prevent him from disrupting the Razorback offense.
3. Keep the trend going
So far this season the Razorbacks have responded well after a loss. For every loss the hogs have endured, they have bounced back in the following game with a victory. Last week it was rough in Gainesville but if things continue as they have, the Razorbacks will wake up on Sunday with a 4-4 record. Of course, after this weekend it would be nice to get a winning streak going. That would be another step in this resurging program’s progress. The fact is though, no matter how things go for the remainder of the season, the college football world will know that Razorback football is respectable and competitive once again.
Saturday‘s game kicks off at 11:00 AM CT (12:00 PM ET). You can watch this Arkansas football game on the SEC Network.