With one week left in the 2013 college football season, the LSU Tigers are looking to cap off one of the toughest seasons schedule-wise in recent memory. The Tigers have faced three Top 25 teams and three of them were ranked in the Top 15, going 3-2 against ranked opponents.
On the other side of the field, the Arkansas Razorbacks got off to a strong start to the season with a blazing 3-0 start under new head coach Bret Bielema. The former Wisconsin Badgers head coach then lost the next eight games and is in danger of not winning a conference game in his first season at Arkansas.
The Tigers have had an up-and-down season against ranked opponents and it’s made them a stronger team as a whole. Zach Mettenberger has been a solid quarterback for LSU this season, even playing himself into a possible high draft selection in the upcoming NFL draft — it looks like he might be elite after all. Mettenberger has passed for 2,926 yards and 22 touchdowns on the year with two of the best receivers to pass to in Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry. Beckham has caught 56 passes for 1,101 yards and eight touchdowns while Landry has 67 catches for 1,059 yards and 10 scores. Jeremy Hill has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on the ground to go along with 13 touchdowns.
Arkansas, like I said earlier, has had a fairly forgettable seasons just a couple years removed from prominence. A year ago, the Razorbacks were highly ranked before John L. Smith ran the organization into the ground. Finding a solid quarterback has been an issue all season long as Brandon Allen leads the crew with 1,374 yards and 11 touchdowns for the 115th-ranked passing offense. The run game has been a bit different, ranking 26th in the nation, behind Alex Collins‘ 998 yards and four scores as well as Jonathan Williams‘ 842 yards and four scores.
Defensively, LSU has improved as the season has progressed. The Tigers rank 34th in points allowed per game as well as 31st in yards allowed per contest. Arkansas has not been as impressive, ranking 88th in points allowed and 82nd in yards allowed per game.
Arkansas will travel to LSU to take on the Tigers at 2:30 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 29. The game will be broadcasted on CBS.
PREDICTION: Arkansas 14, LSU 41