Arkansas vs. LSU: Does Tyler Wilson or LSU's Duo Have Edge at QB?
It's rivalry week, and the victor will certainly receive plenty of the spoils, and we're not simply talking about bragging rights either. Conference championships and BCS bowl games, and national championships are on the line.
This is especially the case for the Arkansas-LSU, unarguably one of the biggest games this season that can and will go a long way in determining who exactly will win the SEC West division and who has a shot to get into the BCS National Championship Game assuming that whoever emerges defeats Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.
With this particular matchup, the story , of course, will be how Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson, arguably the best quarterback in the SEC, will fare against LSU's talented secondary, which excels in taking the ball away from opposing quarterbacks.
But, one matchup people don't talk about is whether Wilson truly has the advantage over LSU's dual quarterback system. LSU utilizes both quarterbacks Jarrett Lee and Jordan Jefferson over the course of a game, and has done so for several weeks now.
One must wonder who has the real quarterback advantage in this game.
Looking at Tyler Wilson, he boasts great numbers for a first year full time starter. He has amassed 3215 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He has a quarterback rating of 102.2 while completing 63 percent of his passes.
He, unlike former starter Ryan Mallett, is more mobile in the pocket and can buy himself second chances in the pocket and has the ability to get positive yards should the pocket break down.
Petrino has developed his quarterbacks very well.
Looking at both of LSU's quarterbacks, Jarrett Lee has been starting all season due to Jefferson's off-the-field allegations, so we will rightfully start with Lee. He has 1306 passing yards, with 13 touchdowns with three interceptions, while also boasting a passer rating of 107.0 and has been completing 62.3 percent of his passes.
Which quarterback(s) has the advantage?
Since coming onto the scene back in October, Jordan Jefferson, in limited action, has thrown for 446 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, while completing 65.9 percent of his passes and boasting a passer rating of 134.8.
Both of LSU's quarterbacks have done well, but none of them can truly match Wilson's numbers, and he has thrown for twice as many yards as Lee, who has started all year, and has been more productive in the passing game.
While the Tigers can't afford to keep Jefferson on the bench due to his athleticism, which Lee does not have, Wilson is athletic enough to keep defenses honest, and is far more productive in the passing game, with the Razorbacks ranking in the Top 25 in terms of passing yards, while LSU is outside the Top 50 in terms of passing yards.
Unless LSU's talented secondary can slow down Wilson through the air, the Tigers will be hard pressed to emerge victorious, even in Baton Rouge
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