7:35 pm
November 13

#25 Arkansas @ LSU

Who will WIN this matchup?

#25 Arkansas Razorbacks (6-3)

@ LSU Tigers (4-5)


Current odds:

Arkansas Razorbacks: (-145)

LSU Tigers: (+125)


The spread for the game is Arkansas by 3 points.

The Razorbacks were highly rated after a 4-0 start that included wins against then-No. 15 Texas and then-No. 7 Texas A&M. However, a 37-0 loss at then-No. 2 Georgia started a three-game losing streak that pushed Arkansas off pollsters’ radar. But two straight wins, including last week’s victory against the Bulldogs, who were No. 17 in the first College Football Playoff rankings, have Arkansas on the CFP list at No. 25.

Running back Dominique Johnson, making his first start of the season last week, rushed 17 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-winning, 4-yard touchdown with 21 seconds left. Pittman said Arkansas “probably” will give Johnson “a few more” carries than 17 in games going forward. The Razorbacks were balanced as KJ Jefferson completed 19-of-23 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown.

One area where Pittman would like to see his team improve is penalties. The Razorbacks were penalized 11 times for 84 yards against the Bulldogs, and they rank in the bottom three in the SEC in penalties per game (8.6) and penalty yards per game (71.3). LSU, on the other hand, averages the fewest penalty yards per game (31.4) in the country. But the injury-plagued Tigers are struggling in a lot of areas, though their defense showed drastic improvement in a 20-14 loss at No. 2 Alabama last Saturday.

LSU and Orgeron reached agreement last month on a buyout that will take place at the end of the season. The Tigers need two wins in their last three games to become bowl eligible and extend Orgeron’s tenure by one game. Orgeron said Max Johnson remains the team’s starting quarterback, but against Arkansas he’ll give freshman Garrett Nussmeier “significant snaps at the beginning of the game, and we’ll see how it goes.”

StreakSmarter Pick
#25 Arkansas Razorbacks