LSU @ Arkansas Week 11 Expert Picks

LSU @ Arkansas Week 10 Expert Picks

Written by on July 22, 2016

In November 2015, the Arkansas Razorbacks headed down to LSU to take on the then-No. 9 Tigers in SEC action. Despite the best efforts of Leonard Fournette to dominate the rushing game for LSU, he found himself outclassed by the Razorbacks’ tailback, Alex Collins, who scampered for 141 yards and a pair of scores as the Razorbacks romped to a 31-14 rout to knock LSU out of contention in the SEC West. This year, the Tigers head to Fayetteville as a college football odds favorite to win almost by a touchdown.

How To Bet the Tigers @ Razorbacks NCAA Football Odds, TV & Game Info

When: Saturday, November 12, 2016, Time TBA Where: Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, AR TV: TBA Radio: LSU and Arkansas Live Stream: TBA NCAA Football Odds: LSU (-5.5)

Why should you bet on LSU?

It’s only been five seasons since LSU beat three top-three opponents, won the SEC, and went to the national championship game, only to lose to the Alabama Crimson Tide. LSU has not beaten Alabama since, and they have lost at least three games. The Tigers come back with virtually all of the talented pieces that they had last year, including Fournette. They have a defense that is fast and athletic, and they stop the run and pass equally well. The only potential flaw is their passing game. Brandon Harris has to be able to lead the LSU offense, completing key passes to keep the chains moving. If he can do that, LSU could be unstoppable.

Why should you put your money on the Razorbacks?

Arkansas has boosted their win total in each of Bret Bielema’s first three seasons at the helm. If they’re going to do that again, they will have to win at least 10 games, which will make them a contender in the SEC West. Austin Allen replaces Brandon Allen at quarterback, and Collins’ shoes will have to be filled by Kody Walker and Rawleigh Williams III, who had the per-carry averages last year to suggest than they can accomplish this — as long as they can stay healthy. Their defense returns nine starters, including Deatrich Wise, Jr., who had 10 sacks over the last two seasons. The passing defense has some holes, but LSU doesn’t throw the ball well.

My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Arkansas is a team on the rise, and the Tigers looked very easy to solve — just put eight or nine men in the box and make them complete passes. They couldn’t do it, and so they kept losing. I like the Razorbacks to win (and cover), 28-17.