It's been a rough season for the Razorbacks. The No. 10 team from the preseason rankings is 4-7 and has dropped out of the polls.
No one can quite explain what happened. The offense was expected to be dominant, and the defense was believed to have addressed some of the issues that plagued the team a season ago.
Current BCS No. 7 LSU, on the other hand, has a shot this week to have their sixth 10-win season (out of a possible eight) under Les Miles. LSU has lost twice this year, to Florida (BCS No. 4) and Alabama (BCS No. 2).
Motivation-wise, Arkansas has absolutely nothing to play for. You cannot even make a case that they are playing to "save" John L. Smith's job, as it has been reported by ESPN that Bobby Petrino's interim replacement is done after Saturday.
The Tigers, on the other hand, are looking for a BCS Bowl berth. They would likely need a little help: A Florida loss to Florida State (or a less-plausible Alabama loss to Auburn) would do it for sure.
But there is no scenario in which LSU losing to Arkansas results in a BCS bid for the Tigers, so they have to take care of their own business first.
That should be a non-issue: Motivation aside, and despite the superiority of Arkansas’ passing game, LSU is better than the Razorbacks on both sides of the ball. Arkansas would need multiple turnovers and probably a couple of defensive scores. In related news: LSU just went 56 possessions without a turnover.
After this weekend, LSU fans will be looking at flight plans and hotel reservations.
Arkansas will be looking for a new head coach.