LSU vs. Arkansas: Players to Watch During Lopsided Battle

Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 22, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 13:  Sam Montgomery #99 of the LSU Tigers celebrates after making a sack on Connor Shaw #14 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the fourth quarter at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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With LSU favored by 12 points over Arkansas, this weekend's battle won't exactly have the same rivalry feel as the past few years, but who cares?

It's Louisiana State. It's Arkansas. There could be a 74-point spread, or both teams could be ranked in the bottom 200 (let alone having one in the Top 10) and it would still be a must-watch event. 

There's too much history, and this year (just like every other year), there's too much individual talent to see.

Let's take a look at which players are in for big days on Friday.


Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

In case you were wondering, the Razorbacks aren't very good at stopping the pass. They are giving up 292.1 passing yards per game, most in the SEC. They have given up 23 passing touchdowns, second most in the SEC. Furthermore, they have picked off just six passes, third least in the SEC. 

Essentially, they are Tennessee bad.

Mettenberger didn't get a chance to play Tennessee this season, so he'll take advantage against Arkansas instead. 

The big junior quarterback hasn't had an overly-impressive season, but he is averaging 284.3 yards per game over his last three outings, including a terrific performance against Alabama.

Look for Mettenberger to continue that success this week. 


Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas

LSU, which is giving up just 179.8 yards per game to go with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions, is just a tad better in the secondary than Arkansas.

With that being said, Cobi Hamilton is incredibly talented. 

The 6'3", 209-pound senior has amassed an impressive 80 catches, 1,237 yards and five touchdowns. He's nearly doubled the numbers that he entered the year with. 

The Tigers are incredibly stout and will give Tyler Wilson all he can handle, but the talented quarterback should find plenty of ways to hook up with his reliable, sure-handed No. 1—by far—receiver.


Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU

Both of these teams possess terrific pass rush (LSU has 29 sacks on the season, Arkansas has 28), but Montgomery is easily the most dangerous individual of the bunch (although Barkevious Mingo and Chris Smith would have something to say about that).

Montgomery, whose absurd athleticism, quickness and strength will eventually make him a top NFL pick, is a nightmare to block.

Last season, he racked up 13.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a mere sophomore. Those numbers ranked him seventh and sixth in the SEC respectively in the two categories.

This year, the talented junior's numbers are once again dominant. He has recorded 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks, which both put him fifth in the SEC.

Tyler Wilson, who is prone to throwing an interception or two, better be careful with Montgomery breathing down his neck.