BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU head coach Ed Orgeron recapped the 24-10 loss to Alabama and previewed the upcoming matchup against Arkansas during his weekly news conference Monday.
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SERIES: LSU leads 38-22-2
LAST MEETING: LSU - 38, Arkansas - 10 (Nov. 12, 2016 in Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Arkansas)
Orgeron said there were some incompletions against the Crimson Tide that could have been caught. He added the thing he was pleased with was the protection the offensive line gave quarterback Danny Etling.
He reiterated Etling is the starting quarterback and has played well for the Tigers. He said freshman quarterback Myles Brennan would have to beat out Etling in practice consistently. He also said he will not put Brennan in just to get ready for next season because the team still has a lot to play for this season.
Orgeron said he thought the defensive line played well against Alabama, noting he thought Frank Herron played his best game of the season.
According to Orgeron, the early start for the game against Arkansas will be hard on the fans, but the players know how to adjust to the schedule.
Coach O said he is very proud of the progress of his offensive line, particularly the young guys who have been thrown into the fire. He also said running back Darrel Williams is one of the team's most valuable players and is an all around back.
On some of the deep throws that were incomplete, Orgeron said the wide receiver could have slowed down on some of the passes, but it's hard to tell a wide receiver to slow down. He added there could have been adjustments by both the receiver and quarterback.
LSU (6-3, 3-2 SEC) hopes to keep the Golden Boot in Louisiana and get back to its winning ways after falling to Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Orgeron said Arkansas has a very big offensive line and a good run game.
The Razorbacks are averaging 187.5 yards per game on the ground and a 4.5 average per carry.
The Tigers were able to bounce back against Arkansas (4-5, 1-4 SEC) after last year's loss to Alabama. In last year's game in Fayetteville, running back Derrius Guice rushed for 252 yards and two touchdowns.
The Razorbacks are allowing an average of 190 yards on the ground this season, but are even more suspect against the pass, where the defense is allowing 232 yards per game.
Arkansas struggled to beat the 1 and 8 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 39-38 on Saturday.
The team's four victories come against Florida A&M (49-7), New Mexico State (42-24), Ole Miss (38-37) and Coastal Carolina (39-38).
ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI) gives LSU an 88.2 percent chance of winning the game.
LSU leads the series 38-22-2.