SEC Football Q&A: Does Arkansas Have a Chance Against LSU?

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterNovember 20, 2012

Arkansas head coach John L. Smith
Arkansas head coach John L. SmithWesley Hitt/Getty Images

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How bad Arkansas will get trounced by LSU? RT @barrettsallee Need one more question for SEC Q&A. Send em in!

— Ryne E. Hancock (@RHancock19) November 15, 2012

You never know which LSU team will show up, and certainly never know what will happen in this game—which always seems to be interesting.

Seemingly out of nowhere, LSU has developed a passing game over the last three weeks. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger has completed 64 percent of his passes for 853 yards and three touchdowns versus Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

That bodes well for the Tigers this weekend, as they will be going up against an Arkansas defense that's giving up an SEC-worst 292.1 yards per game.

Arkansas is talented but can't seem to avoid mental mistakes at inopportune times. That's bad news against teams in which it is on an equal level talent-wise. LSU is more talented and better-coached, which makes me lean heavily toward the Tigers.

But with this game, you just never know.


@barrettsallee Can the almost 1-Dimensional Gators go to the Seminoles & play toe to toe with a more balanced attack in a hostile setting?

— Andy M. Johnson (@GeorgiaGunOwner) November 5, 2012

Toe to toe, yes, but I don't think the Gators will leave Tallahassee with a win over the Seminoles.

Prior to Florida's loss to Georgia in the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, I thought the Gators were one-dimensional by choice. After all, running the ball and playing defense is usually a good recipe for success.

But since that loss, it's become clear that the Gator passing game isn't as developed as it needs to be for the Gators to take the next step and be a championship-caliber program.

Jeff Driskel will be back, but while Florida State has posted the nation's No. 1 defense by taking advantage of inferior competition, it's still certainly capable of slowing down a Florida offense that can't pass.

It will be ugly, it will be physical and it will ultimately result in the third straight win for the Seminoles over the Gators.


@barrettsallee Asking this for next Q&A BleacherReport: another potential all-SEC rematch- worse than last year? SEC fatigue seems visible.

— Midwest Bills Fan (@chrisskreager) November 18, 2012

Yes, it will be a worse product and provide worse television ratings than last year's game, which produced a 14.0 rating—the third-worst mark in the BCS era.

That's not a knock against either Georgia or Alabama. Both are top-flight, well-rounded programs that are certainly worthy of playing for the national title. 

But if it's an SEC vs. SEC BCS Championship game, it will most likely include Florida, which sits at 10-1 and No. 4 in the BCS standings

If it's Georgia vs. Florida, it will be a rematch of one of the ugliest games of the year. A game that featured nine turnovers and only 539 combined yards.

No, thank you.

If it's Alabama vs. Florida, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban would have a month to prepare for a Florida offense that would likely struggle through the air.

SEC fatigue is real, and if we get another all-SEC title game this season, it will only get worse.