Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
Location: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (capacity: 72,000), Fayetteville, Arkansas
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Odds: LSU -7 (via OddsShark)
In 2015, LSU was coming into the second week of November off a deflating loss to Alabama. Arkansas opened its November slate with an upset over a Top 25 team.
Sounds a lot like this year, right?
LSU (5-3, 3-2 SEC) won its first three games under interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who took over after Les Miles got fired following the Auburn game. But whatever momentum the Bayou Bengals had was crushed last weekend in a 10-0 home loss to Alabama. For the second year in a row, star RB Leonard Fournette had a miserable time against the Tide defense, rushing for a paltry 35 yards on 17 carries, and LSU managed just 125 yards of total offense on the evening. The TIgers’ defense did a good job keeping Alabama out of the end zone for most of the game, but with no help from the offense, eventually the dam broke.
As for Arkansas, the Razorbacks (6-3, 2-3 SEC) have had an up-and-down year. It’s only been three weeks since the Razorbacks had a dud on the Plains, losing 56-3 to Auburn. But they rebounded last week to beat Florida 31-10. A run defense that’s had problems this year managed to hold the Gators to 12 yards on the ground, and the game was never really in doubt.
On paper, Leonard Fournette going up against a defense that’s ranked 125th in Rushing S&P+ seems like it would be a recipe for a field day, but they call him NovemBERT for a reason. Wild stuff always seems to happen when Arkansas is involved. This game won’t make a whole lot of difference in the West race with both teams already practically eliminated, but it should be a lot of fun anyway.