Arkansas Razorbacks at No. 17 LSU Tigers Preview

NCAA Football Betting Preview
Arkansas Razorbacks (7-4) at No. 17 LSU Tigers (8-3)
Saturday November 28th, 7:00PM Eastern betting line – LSU -3.5, 51 ½ O/U

Hopefully if you are an LSU fan, then you are trying to forget last week’s total meltdown in the closing seconds of the Mississippi game that resulted in a 25-23 loss. The Tigers had all the opportunities to pull of the come from behind win, but some bad play calling and mistakes towards the final seconds of the game allowed time to expire to hand the Tigers their 3rd loss of the year. LSU now attempts to rebound this week at home in their season finale against the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday night. The Tigers will host the event in Death Valley where they have won 6 of their past 7 games and their defense will face a big test against one of the best offenses in the SEC.

Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett leads the Razorbacks premier passing attack that is averaging 310 yards per game through the air. The Razorbacks also ranks 1st in the SEC in both scoring and total yards. Arkansas has been able to produce 38 points per game along with 445 yards per contest. Mallett is a big reason to the success along with the help of a stellar group of young wide outs. On the season, Mallett has thrown for 3,198 yards with 28 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions.

WR Greg Childs leads the dangerous young receiving cores with 40 catches for 741 yards and 7 touchdowns this season. However, players like Jarius Wright and Joe Adams are equally dangerous for the Tigers secondary. LSU ranks towards the bottom of the conference in scoring, but in all reality they have not had to have any big performances considering the defense has not allowed anyone over 26 points this season. However, it will be really interesting if Mallett and company can put the pressure on early to make the LSU offense have to rack up some points.

As good as the Arkansas offense has been, the defense has not been that impressive. The Razorbacks defense has relinquished 25 points per game this season and that has mainly been through the air. That is not a good sign for future NFL wide outs Terrance Toliver and Brandon LaFell. Both of the Tigers stellar wide outs are big time playmakers catching over 45 passes a piece. Both receivers have racked up over 600 yards in SEC play this season as well and the two could be a dangerous combination for the Arkansas pass defense this Saturday.

Of course if those expectations come true, we may witness a shootout type ball game. The type of game QB Jordan Jefferson may not be accustomed to, but he has been solid this season under center for LSU. Jefferson is completing 61% with 14 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on the year. Considering how LSU is still not running the ball very well, expect Coach Les Miles to put the game on the arm of Jefferson and look for him to hookup with their big time wide receivers while exposing the Razorbacks’ secondary.

Pick – Over 51 ½

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