The Tigers cruised to another win on the road against Ole Miss last week to improve to 10-0 on the season. LSU seems like a lock for the College Football Playoff after beating Alabama two weeks ago. Following this week’s matchup, the Tigers will host Texas A&M (7-3, 4-2 SEC) in their final game of the season at the end of the month. Can LSU take care of business at home against Arkansas on Saturday night?
All of a sudden, the Heisman Trophy seems like Joe Burrow’s award to lose. The former 200-to-1 longshot has become the unanimous favorite after leading the Tigers to a 10-0 record to start the season. Burrow has thrown for 3,687 yards, 38 touchdowns, and only six interceptions this season while completing 78.6 percent of his passes and adding three more scores on the ground. The 6-foot-4 senior has NFL scouts salivating over his potential and he’s already set the single-season school record for touchdowns (38) and passing yards (3,687) with two regular-season games left on the schedule.
Arkansas dropped its seventh consecutive contest two weeks ago, falling to Western Kentucky at home 45-19. K.J. Jefferson completed only 6-of-15 passes for only 60 yards and an interception while Rakeem Boyd exploded for 185 yards and two touchdowns on only eight carries in a losing effort for the Razorbacks. Jefferson was outdueled by former Razorbacks’ quarterback Ty Storey, who transferred from the program after losing the starting job in 2018. The loss also raises plenty of questions about Arkansas head coach Chad Morris’ future. The Razorbacks are in jeopardy of having their worst two seasons in school history in his two years as head coach. If he were to be let go, Morris’ stint would be the shortest by a non-interim head coach at Arkansas since 1942.
With the win, the Tigers remained slotted at No. 1 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. However, there are still plenty of skeptics out there questioning LSU’s legitimacy as a true national championship contender. ESPN’s Paul Finebaum confidently proclaimed that LSU would go down this week and that Ohio State would replace them as the new No. 1 for the final week of the regular season.
LSU’s defense left plenty to be desired with their performance against the Rebels last week. The Tigers built a whopping 31-7 lead before halftime but the defense let up its guard in the second half. In total, they surrendered 37 points and 614 total yards, including 402 yards on the ground. For the season, LSU ranks ninth in the SEC in 47th nationally in total yards allowed per game, which is their worst mark of this decade. The Tigers come in allowing 23.8 points and 367.8 yards per game, including 237 yards per game through the air, which ranks 11th in the SEC.
Arkansas fires Chad MorrisArkansas fired head coach Chad Morris following their loss to Western Kentucky. Morris was 4-18 since replacing Bret Bielema in December 2017. The Razorbacks were winless in 14 SEC games under Morris and have now lost 17 straight SEC games dating back to the end of the 2017 season. Morris’ stint was the shortest by a non-interim head coach at Arkansas since 1942.
Former tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Barry Lunny Jr. will take over as the interim head coach for the rest of the season. Lunny Jr., a former Arkansas quarterback, is in his seventh season on the Arkansas coaching staff and could be a candidate for the full-time coaching job. After all, LSU’s own Ed Orgeron was the team’s interim head coach in 2016 and hasn’t done too bad since.
One guy that’ll be on everyone’s list of candidates for the Arkansas football job is Mike Leach. I got a chance to briefly discuss on @SportsRadio610 in Houston yesterday. #WPS #HogNation pic.twitter.com/rtNAFHoR0C— Clint Stoerner (@ClintStoerner) November 12, 2019
Despite being fresh off a bye week, ESPN’s matchup predictor gives Arkansas only a 1.3 percent chance of pulling off the upset. The Razorbacks have scored 22.3 points and averaged 353.5 total yards per game this season. On defense, they are giving up 36.2 points and 446.7 yards of total offense per contest, including 225.4 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 123rd in the nation.
- Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss.
- Tigers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Tigers are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 conference games.
- Razorbacks are 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Razorbacks are 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Razorbacks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.