Border Wars: LSU vs Arkansas
It is a border war of the highest order. Tigers and Razorbacks, oh my! LSU vs Arkansas-a gridiron battle where the prize is a golden boot and maybe most importantly, bragging rights.
These two teams have had some epic battles over the years, with LSU winning six of the last 11 games on the Razorbacks home field since 2000.
Here is a look back at some of those road victories by the Tigers.
2016- LSU 38 — Arkansas 10
The Tigers gained 390 yards rushing and scored five touchdowns on the ground. RB Derrius Guice carried the rock 21 times for 252 yards (12-yard average) and 2 touchdowns, including a 96-yard score. RB Leonard Fournette added three rushing touchdowns as well.
The LSU defense forced three Arkansas turnovers (1 forced fumble and 2 INTs) on their way to an 8–4 record in a season that saw Les Miles lose his job after starting the season 2–2 (losses to Wisconsin and Auburn) and Ed Orgeron taking over as the interim head coach.
LSU faced off against Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals in the Citrus Bowl, with the Tigers earning a 29–9 victory.
2012-LSU 20 — Arkansas 13
LSU started the 2012 season ranked #3 in the country and reeled off 5 straight victories. They stayed in the Top Ten for the entire regular season.
QB Zach Mettenberger threw for 217 yards and a touchdown. RB Jeremy Hill added a score on the ground, and WR Jarvis Landry had eight catches for 75 yards and a TD. WR Odell Beckham, Jr. hauled in four catches for 112 yards, but did not find the end zone.
The Tigers faced off against the Clemson Tigers in the Chick-fil-A Bowl but ended up on the wrong side of a one-point loss, 25–24. LSU finished that season 10–3.
2006-LSU 31 — Arkansas 26
It was a Top Ten matchup between #9 LSU and #5 Arkansas. QB Jamarcus Russell tossed two TD passes to Craig Davis and Early Doucet. RB Keiland Williams added a rushing touchdown. Trindon Holliday scored on a 92-yard kickoff return.
The Tigers reeled off seven straight wins to earn a berth in the Sugar Bowl against Notre Dame. They had no luck against the Tigers, losing 41–14. LSU finished the season 11–2 and #3 in the final AP Poll.
2004-LSU 43 — Arkansas 14
In Nick Saban’s final season in Baton Rouge before he went to scratch that NFL itch, the Tigers rolled into Little Rock on a five-game winning streak. QB Marcus Randall accounted for four touchdowns-two passing (to Joe Addai) and two rushing.
K Chris Jackson converted three field goals of 46, 53, and 27 yards. The defense forced three Arkansas turnovers.
The Tigers faced off against Iowa in the Capital One Bowl, coming up short against the Hawkeyes 30–25. LSU finished the season 9–3 and #16 in the final AP Poll.
LSU vs Arkansas-2022
LSU (7–2) enters this game ranked #7 in the country on the heels of one of most epic victories in Tiger Stadium history, a 32–31 OT win over the #6 Alabama Crimson Tide. It was the Tide’s second loss of the season.
It was the Tigers second win over a Top Ten team this season. LSU beat previously #7-ranked Ole Miss 45–20 three weeks ago.
Arkansas on the other hand, is having an up and down season at 5–4. Two of their losses were each by a slim 2-points at home-21–23 vs Texas A&M and 19–21 vs Liberty.
The Razorbacks are led by QB KJ Jefferson (1981 yards passing, 17 TDs, 3 INTs, 425 yards rushing, 6 TDs). RB Raheim Sanders leads the SEC in rushing with 1101 yards and seven TDs (and a 6.36-yard average).
The engine that drives the LSU machine is QB Jayden Daniels, the transfer from Arizona State. He leads the team in rushing with 619 yards and 10 TDs on the ground.
That’s the most rushing touchdowns by an SEC quarterback this season. Daniels has also passed for 1994 yards and 14 touchdowns, and only one INT (in 268 pass attempts).
Three running backs have accounted for 14 rushing touchdowns-Josh Williams (5), Armoni Goodwin (5), and Noah Cain (4).
Daniels has spread the ball around this season. Five wideouts have caught 20 or more passes so far:
- WR Malik Nabers: 42 catches, 504 yards, 1 TD
- WR Kayshon Boutte: 34 catches, 339 yards, 1 TD
- WR Jaray Jenkins: 20 catches, 288 yards, 5 TDs
- WR Brian Thomas, Jr.: 20 catches, 280 yards, 3 TDs
- TE Mason Taylor: 22 catches, 214 yards, 2 TDs
As of this writing, LSU is a 3-point favorite over the Razorbacks. Look for the Tigers to continue their winning ways, getting one step closer to a division title, and a trip to Atlanta and the SEC Championship Game.
Prediction: LSU 35 — Arkansas 17
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