LSU vs Arkansas: The 2 Biggest Keys to Victory for Each Team
With all of the craziness that occurred in Week 12 of the college football season, Arkansas is now the third highest team in the BCS, and travels to Baton Rouge to take on the best team in the country in LSU on Friday.
This game has major national and conference title implications for the Tigers, because if they lose they could fall entirely out of the BCS.
If they drop to third, it would also knock them out of the SEC Championship game.
Vegas thinks LSU wins in a big way, putting the spread at 13 points, but Arkansas is no slouch.
Here are the three things each team needs to do in order to win on Friday.
LSU: Force Turnovers
The Tigers rank first in the nation in turnover margin and it is one of the driving forces behind their offense. They rank 75th in the nation in yards gained per game but an incredible 14th in points scored.
Arkansas has the most explosive offense in the SEC, and in order to compete, they will need excellent field position. Turnovers are a big part of that.
Arkansas: Get Tyler Wilson in a Rhythm
If quarterback Tyler Wilson can’t get going early, the Razorbacks have absolutely no chance of pulling off the victory. Dennis Johnson and Ronnie Wingo have done a decent job at replacing Knile Davis, but Wilson is the main reason why the team is 10-1 right now.
It is no coincidence that his worst three performances are a loss, a five-point win against Ole Miss and a three point win against Vanderbilt.
LSU: Keep Up Defensive Intensity
LSU has given up 11 points or less in nine of 11 games this season. That said, they have given up over 20 points to the two teams ranking in the Top 20 nationally in scoring offense—Arkansas ranks 13th.
The defense has played extremely well in recent weeks and will need to have a similar performance if LSU is going to outscore the Hogs.
Arkansas: Keep Composure on the Road
Arkansas has played four games away from home this season: one was a loss, and the other three games made a combined 12 points against teams that are a combined 13-20. Needless to say that the Razorbacks have had some trouble on the road.
Death Valley is one of the most intimidating places to play in all of college football so if they want to win, the Hogs cannot let the fans get into their heads.