FAYETTEVILLE – This week we continue our look at a team-by-team opponent analysis of the Arkansas football schedule. Today is Week 10.

FAYETTEVILLE – This week we continue our look at a team-by-team opponent analysis of the Arkansas football schedule. Today is Week 10.

Nary an Arkansas fan has forgotten what they were doing at the end of last year’s Razorbacks game against LSU.

A massive field rush ended the night and began to finally put away some of the demons that had lingered over the Arkansas football program since that fateful day on Bobby Petrino’s motorcycle. The LSU game was the first Southeastern Conference win the Razorbacks had since the Petrino incident and gave second-year coach Bret Bielema full faith and credit among the fan base.

But 2015 isn’t 2014. This year Arkansas is expected to be as good as LSU. Or close to it, anyway. That wasn’t the case last year.

The Battle for the Golden Boot is no longer played the day after Thanksgiving as both schools have tempered the rivalry. That doesn’t mean, especially this year, the game means any less. LSU is the team most similar expectation-wise to the Razorbacks in the SEC.

Week 10 will separate the standings.

LSU Tigers

Southeastern Conference

Last Year: 8-4 (4-4 in SEC), lost to Notre Dame in Music City Bowl

Plays Arkansas: November 14 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

By the Numbers

Scoring Offense: 27.6 points per game (76th in FBS, 13th)

Rushing Offense: 224.54 yards per game (25th, 4th)

Passing Offense: 162.9 yards per game (116th 14th)

Scoring Defense: 17.5 points per game (4th, 2nd)

Rushing Defense: 152.69 yards per game (47th, 7th)

Passing Defense: 164.2 yards per game (3rd, 1st)


Leonard Fournette may be the best running back in the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas shut him down last year. He ran for 1,034 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman. And that was with an incompetent passing game around him. The Tigers were dead last in the SEC throwing with Anthony Jennings taking most of the snaps and completing less than 50 percent of his 227 attempts. Jennings was arrested in the offseason and his future is in doubt. Brandon Harris, who couldn’t wrangle the job last year, is expected to be the guy when fall begins. But how good is he if he couldn’t take it from a poor Jennings in 2014? With Travin Dural and Malachi Dupree on the outside, the quarterback will have options, even behind a less-experienced-than-usual offensive line.


There are not a lot of stars on the LSU defense this year. Jalen Mills is one in the secondary. Maybe Kendell Beckwith at linebacker. But raise your hand if you remember the last time the Tigers had a bad defense. Or even a mediocre one. New defensive coordinator Kevin Steele replaces John Chavis, who left for Texas A&M and held the post since 2009. Steele has one of the better defensive backfields in the country with which to work, but some more help on the defensive line will ease some minds in Baton Rouge.

This is part eight of 12 looks at each of the Arkansas football team opponents this fall. The series continues Wednesday with Mississippi State