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LSU vs. Arkansas: Game Preview and 9Picks Prediction

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

No. 24 LSU (5-3, 3-2) travels to Fayetteville, Arkansas to face the No. 25 ranked Razorbacks in an SEC West showdown.

Arkansas is 6-3 overall this year, with a 2-3 conference record.

Wins:  Louisiana Tech (21-20), TCU (41-38, 2OT), Texas State (42-3), Alcorn State (52-10), Ole Miss (34-30), Florida (31-10)

Losses: Texas A&M (45-24), Alabama (49-30), Auburn (56-3)

THE STATISTICAL MATCHUP:

PER GAME LSU Arkansas
Scoring Offense 26.1 30.9
Rushing Offense 214.0 167.3 
Passing Offense  172.4 254.9 
Total Offense 386.4 422.2
Scoring Defense 14.4 29.0 
Rushing Defense 118.1 198.4
Passing Defense  196.9 208.8
Total Defense  315.0 407.2

Players to watch for the Razorbacks:

OFFENSIVE LEADERS:
Quarterback: 
Austin Allen: Completed 170 of 275 passes for 2,291 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions.  

Running Backs:
Rawleigh Williams: 179 carries for 955 (5.3 average) and seven touchdowns. 

Devwah Whaley: 71 carries for 383 yards (5.4 average) and one touchdown. 

Wide Receivers:
Drew Morgan: 48 receptions for 515 yards (10.7 average) and three touchdowns.

Keon Hatcher: 29 catches for 441 yards (15.2 average) and five touchdowns.

Jared Cornelius:  24 receptions for 465 yards (19.4 average) and four touchdowns. 

DEFENSIVE LEADERS:
Jeremiah Ledbetter: 35 tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks and one forced fumble. 

Deatrich Wise: 38 tackles, five tackles for loss, seven quarterback hurries and 3.5 sacks. 

Henre' Toliver: 33 tackles and two interceptions.

KEYS TO THE GAME:
Will the Tigers bounce back from the Alabama loss or once again show up against the Razorbacks with no energy?

The offensive line has to protect quarterback Danny Etling and open holes for running back Leonard Fournette.

Arkansas has a massive offensive line. The Tiger offense needs to help keep the Razorback defense on the field and the LSU defense on the sidelines.

9 Picks Prediction: LSU 30, Arkansas 20

LSU and Arkansas will kickoff from Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN.

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