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Week 13 Preview: #5 LSU at #12 Arkansas

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#5 LSU at #12 Arkansas

This has quiety been one of the most competitive series’ in college football as of late. The last 5 match-ups between these two have been decided by a combined 13 points. Saturday in Little Rock should be no different.

The Riverboat Gambler Les Miles brings in a highly ranked LSU team looking for their 11th win on the season. Miles is known for rolling the dice and shooting from the hip rather than making traditional coaching decisions. This always makes for entertaining games with plenty of second guessing. Miles doesn’t worry about naysayers and with his record, maybe his style is correct.

LSU fields the SEC’s best defense, and their passing defense is one of the best in the country. They are fresh off a 43-36 win against (4-7) Mississippi, and will have their hands full with QB Ryan Mallet and the Razorbacks offense. Arkansas hasn’t been held under 20 points this season and average nearly 40 points per game. Mallet spreads the ball around, but with his favorite target Greg Childs out, he will need Jarius Wright and Cobi Hamilton to find space down the field. They do have a running game led by Knile Davis and will need it to get going to keep the Tiger defense honest.

On offense LSU won’t wow anyone with numbers, but they always seem to do just enough to come out with the win. QB Jordan Jefferson is a dual-threat and has solidified his position atop the depth chart. The Bayou Bengal rushing attack is led by Stevan Ridley who is a nice back, but won’t find much success unless Jordan Jefferson can keep up his hot-play. LSU won’t win this game on offense and will need their D to really ratchet things up and control Mallet.

In the end, I think the way that LSU was exposed last week will give Arkansas the tape that they need to hold serve at home and come out with the victory.

Arkansas 30 – LSU 23

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