LSU Vs. Arkansas – A closer look at today’s matchup between No. 1 LSU and No. 3 Arkansas.
Quarterback: Arkansas – Tyler Wilson leads the SEC in passing and is on a roll of late. Jordan Jefferson is LSU’s starter now and has been an effective game manager, not so much a difference-maker.
Running back: LSU – The Tigers’ threesome of Spencer Ware, Michael Ford and Alfred Blue give the Hogs’ defense three different looks, not to mention Kenny Hillard from the fullback spot. Dennis Johnson carries the position for Arkansas, ninth in the SEC in rushing offense.
Wide receivers/tight ends: Arkansas – Jarius Wright, Joe Adams and Chris Gragg are each in the top 10 in the SEC in receptions, with Wright leading the conference in yards (1,002) and catches (61). Rueben Randle has been LSU’s only real threat in an offense that doesn’t throw much.
Offensive line: LSU – The Tigers have experience, depth and a rugged style that will try to provide a ball-control effort to keep Arkansas’ offense off the field. The Hogs (20 sacks allowed) will have trouble keeping the pass rush off Wilson.
Defensive line: LSU – The Tigers rotate eight players up front and have the No. 3 run defense in the nation. Arkansas’ foes are averaging 4.3 yards per carry and 164 per game.
Linebackers: Arkansas – Jerry Franklin is a playmaker, and Jerico Nelson had a good game against Jefferson, his former Destrehan teammate, last season. LSU is not far behind with Ryan Baker having a strong senior season and Kevin Minter coming on.
Defensive backs: LSU – The Tigers could be without safety Eric Reid (thigh) but Craig Loston could fill in. LSU has perhaps the best depth in the nation with playmaker Ron Brooks as the No. 4 cornerback, and the matchup with the Arkansas receivers should be epic.
Special teams: Arkansas – The Hogs have five returns for touchdowns, two on kickoffs. Joe Adams has returned three punts for scores and leads the SEC with a 16.2-yard average. He will match up with the SEC’s best punter, Brad Wing, who booms them high and far. LSU has been below par on kickoff returns but covers punts well and also has a slight edge in field-goal kicking.