In one of the great rivalries in all of college football, Arkansas vs. LSU will give college football fans yet another memorable game. In the end, the Arkansas Razorbacks will simply outlast Louisiana State University (LSU). Les Miles is going to need to have more than just trick plays ready for the Arkansas Razorbacks, because, at this point, the Razorbacks are ready for all of his trick plays. Now, it will not be an easy task for the Razorbacks to defeat LSU, but Arkansas is simply the better team. LSU has some athletes who will make it a challenge for the Hogs to win, but Ryan Mallett and the Arkansas Razorbacks know they are playing for a potential Bowl Championship Series (BCS) berth in the Sugar Bowl and they are not going to let that opportunity pass them by.
LSU’s offense is not really that good, so the Arkansas defense should play fairly well against the LSU offense. LSU does have a solid defense, but the defense has never faced a passing attack like Ryan Mallett and company has to offer. What I want you to look out for, however, is the Arkansas running game. When the game is all over, it will be the success of Knile Davis and the running game that will result in such a successful day for the Razorback offense.
The offensive line will need to have a solid game blocking for Ryan Mallett, and will need to eliminate the silly penalties they get.
When the Razorbacks get a pretty comfortable lead on LSU, they need to continue to be aggressive against them and don’t allow them to get back into the game. I encourage Bobby Petrino not to get too conservative with his playcalling because LSU does not have anything close to an explosive offense. I think we will see LSU play one of the best games the team has played this year, but I think we will see Arkansas play the best four quarters of football we have seen them play this year, which will certainly equal a Razorback victory.
When Arkansas wins, the BCS Sugar Bowl Committee needs to give Arkansas a spot in the Sugar Bowl game. If the BCS Sugar Bowl Committee does not give them a spot, then another BCS bowl committee needs to give them a spot because the Arkansas Razorbacks have certainly earned a spot to play in a BCS game.
I really wish that Arkansas would stop playing LSU in War Memorial Stadium and start playing them in Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Razorbacks make it a much closer trip for LSU’s fans to come and attend the game. Arkansas also takes away from the feel of a true home game by playing at War Memorial Stadium. It’s always a mighty tough task to come up in play in the Mountains of Fayetteville, but Arkansas denies itself an opportunity to use the advantage of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
It would be great if Dennis Johnson, Ramon Broadway, and Greg Childs could be playing for the Razorbacks, but they are all out for the season with injuries. The Arkansas Razorbacks still have so many talented athletes to lead the way to a victory against LSU. Go Hogs!
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison