Baton Rouge- Happy Thanksgiving to the Tiger faithful, hopefully everyone got plenty of turkey and stuffing to last them until next season. LSU has one more regular season matchup of this season before we head off into the bowl season and despite the Razorbacks record this game is always a dogfight. LSU knows they need to finish with a strong victory to help them get into a better bowl. It would be ideal if LSU could end up in New Orleans again for the Sugar Bowl.
The LSU Tigers (9-2, 5-2) and Arkansas Razorbacks (4-7. 2-5) are set to play their annual Friday after Thanksgiving game. The Golden Boot was established in 1996 and is one of the heaviest trophies in college football. LSU has won 10 of the last 16 games in this annual rivalry but Arkansas has won 3 of the last 5. This game is always a tight one despite each teams record.
Do not be fooled by Arkansas’ rough year, they have been sloppy of late but do have talent on the field. Tyler Wilson has thrown for over 3000 yards for the Razorbacks this year but has 12 interceptions to go with 20 touchdowns and that has been their Achilles heel. The Razorbacks have had turnovers shoot them in the foot every week and LSU is known for forcing turnovers and putting pressure on the offense with their strong front seven.
Kevin Minter LSU’s linebacker is a finalist for the best linebacker in college football due to his epic performance this year. He has been defensive player of the week numerous times this season and seems to be in the right place at the right time every time. The defense has been the strong point for this team all season, they have enabled the offense when struggling to be in good field position and have kept the offense from playing from behind.
Now the LSU offense looks to be in a groove and hitting on all cylinders. The running game with Jeremy Hill has really allowed the passing game to open up and throw the deep ball. Mettenberger has been a lot more accurate and connecting with his receivers for big gains. This game this week would really submit their efficiency if they can have yet another solid offensive game.
Arkansas is playing with the hopes of getting their 5th win and a shot at a bowl game. LSU is playing to hopefully get a BCS bowl game or hope the BCS turns on its head again in the next few weeks and LSU could possibly end up in the Championship game just like they did in 2007. I know I will be sitting down eating leftovers tomorrow afternoon and watching LSU for the last time this regular season and just maybe I will get to sit for the entire game if we can win this one convincingly. LSU left on Thanksgiving day to head to Fayetteville to prepare and get a good nights rest before the big game tomorrow.
GAME TIME: Friday at 2:30 pm ET on CBS
Passing: Mettenberger – 177-300, 2272 yds, 10 tds
Rushing: Hill – 112 car, 554 yds, 9 tds
Receiving: Beckham – 36 rec, 561 yds, 2 tds
Passing: Wilson – 218-349, 3028 yds, 20 tds
Rushing: Johnson – 131 car, 727 yds, 8 tds
Receiving: Hamilton – 80 rec, 1237 yds, 5 tds