On the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Arkansas Razorbacks travel to Death Valley for their annual rivalry game. LSU demolished Texas A&M on both sides of the ball last Saturday, in route to a 34-10 win. Arkansas is currently in the midst of an ugly eight game losing streak. In their last game the Razorbacks had a 10-0 lead but eventually fell to Mississippi State by a touchdown in overtime. Arkansas will need their quarterback, Brandon Allen, to have the game of his life if they want to have a chance against heavily favored LSU.
Allen will need to have an incredible performance to keep up with the new high powered LSU offense. However, this is going to be an extremely difficult task for the sophomore out of Fayetteville. Allen has been one of the worst quarterbacks in the SEC the entire season.
Allen leads an Arkansas squad currently ranked 115th in the country in passing yards per game, with a meager 146 yards. To accompany his few passing yards, he has only thrown six passing touchdowns in seven SEC games, half of which came against the horrid Texas A&M defense. He has also thrown at least one interception in all but one of Arkansas’ SEC games.
LSU will be a hard team to have a breakout performance against. The Tiger defense really came together and put on an astonishingly impressive performance against Texas A&M. LSU held them to under 300 yards of total offense and just 10 points. Prior to the game, the fewest yards the Aggies had gained in a game had been 486 against Rice, and Johnny Manziel didn’t even play in the first half. The ten points scored was 31 fewer than Texas A&M’s previous worst, 41 against Ole Miss.
If Allen can really step up and dissect the LSU defense, then Arkansas will be in the game, but it is going to be a lot to ask from the young quarterback. Expect the Razorbacks to keep the ball on the ground as much as possible.