LSU-Arkansas predictions: SEC Country writers’ picks

Are you ready for some football? A Saturday morning pajama party? For just the 12th time since 1958, LSU is serving football for brunch at Tiger Stadium as Arkansas pays visit for an 11 a.m. local kick.

Because the early kickoff is such an anomaly around these parts, the conversation has focused around that rather than the fact that the Razorbacks are usually quite a handful for the Tigers. In the last decade, it’s a dead-even series with each team winning five games. Even when LSU won the 2007 national championship, it could not do so without an overtime loss to Arkansas.

These Hogs are quite bad on paper, so the game shouldn’t be particularly close. But don’t be shocked to see something crazy happen in the Battle for the Boot.

SEC Country’s Alex Hickey, Nick Suss, Sam Spiegelman and “One Team, One Podcast” host Carter Bryant make their predictions.

Sam Spiegelman: LSU 38, Arkansas 10

Despite a 24-10 loss at the hands of Alabama last Saturday, the LSU football team has maintained high spirits. LSU is a 17-point home favorite and rightfully so. The Tigers are healthier than they’ve been in weeks, particularly at running back and on defense, where Arden Key and the entire front seven looked their best last weekend.
Expect that resurgent pass rush to be the difference with an inconsistent Arkansas offense that’s not positive which quarterback will get the nod behind center. While the Razorbacks have won their last two games, both were too close for comfort. Bret Bielema’s squad has struggled against good competition with double-digit losses to TCU, South Carolina, Alabama and Auburn. Expect a healthy LSU team to continue to march toward the 10-win plateau with an easy dusting of Arkansas.

Nick Suss: LSU 31, Arkansas 7

Don’t worry too much about the Alabama hangover. LSU’s strengths line up perfectly with Arkansas’ weaknesses. No SEC team allows more sacks than Arkansas, which is perfect for Arden Key & Co., and Arkansas’ 98th-ranked run defense is a favorable matchup for Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams. I don’t think Guice will hit the 252 yards he had against the Razorbacks last season, but he should run wild over the Hogs.
Forget the early start. Forget the hangover. The Tigers should win this game easily.

Carter “The Power” Bryant: LSU 41, Arkansas 17

Arkansas is playing terrible and was crushed by LSU last season. But the Razorbacks have traditionally played some of their best ball under Bret Bielema against the Tigers. Expect a motivated group of Razorbacks that features 13 players from Louisiana. With that said, there no reason LSU should struggle against a bad team.

Alex Hickey: LSU 34, Arkansas 24

Last week Arkansas eked past FBS newbie Coastal Carolina, 39-38, and now the Calling of the Hogs goes something like “Wooo! Pig! Sooooie! Fire Bielema!”

But I think back to LSU’s loss to Troy. The Tigers came out motivated the next week and beat Florida on the road. I expect a similar effort out of the Hogs. They’ll just have the misfortune of running into a much better opponent than Florida.

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