Arkansas vs. LSU 2011: 5 Ways the Razorbacks Can Upset the Tigers

Dan Vasta@CI_StatsGuruSenior Writer IIINovember 25, 2011

Arkansas vs. LSU 2011: 5 Ways the Razorbacks Can Upset the Tigers

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    The Razorbacks are nearly two-touchdown underdogs against the top-ranked Bayou Bengals, but they have as good a shot to knock them off as any other team has had.

    LSU has a great chance to play in the BCS National Championship, but some argue that they could still lose to Arkansas and play for it all barring a blowout loss.

    This is clearly the most interesting game of the weekend and for the remainder of the season since it will influence who plays in the SEC and BCS National Championship.

    So, what are the five ways that Arkansas can knock off the Tigers?


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    This game has to be close because history says so.

    In fact, this matchup has been decided by a touchdown or less in five consecutive games. Forget what the "experts" say (LSU by 13); this game should come down to the wire.

Tyler Wilson

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    Tyler Wilson is the best quarterback in the SEC West and it is not even close.

    He is 17th in the entire country for total offensive yards per game (292 YPG) and has the weapons to exploit the fifth-rated pass defense of the Tigers (158 YPG).

Underrated Running Game

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    Tyler Wilson is a huge factor into the Razorbacks winning, but they have a ton of other weapons.

    We all know about their receivers, but they have an underrated rushing offense that also can move the chains. 

    Some were ready for Knile Davis to burn his redshirt and play for this game, but there is no need for him with Dennis Johnson running hard.

    Johnson has picked it up the past few weeks as the Razorbacks are now averaging 146 YPG (72nd).

LSU Secondary

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    The LSU secondary is arguably the best in the country, but the Razorbacks have the receivers to make them pay.

    Jarius Wright, Joe Adams, Cobi Hamilton, Greg Childs and Chris Gragg are just a few of the options that can burn the Bayou Bengals deep.

    Don't get me wrong—LSU has a plethora of talent in the secondary, but they are often called for pass interference or go for the pick instead of simply knocking the pass down. 

Joe Adams on Special Teams

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    Joe Adams has been the most electrifying punt returner in America this season, bringing back three to the house. 

    If Arkansas wants to have any shot of pulling off the upset they will need to win the battle of field position, which will need to include a few long returns by Adams.

    He has the capability of completely turning a game around with a broken tackle or move, so don't be shocked if these Razorbacks do the impossible and knock off the top-ranked team in their own backyard.