LSU vs. Arkansas: Latest Spread Info, BCS Impact and Predictions

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 22, 2012

Even in a relatively down year, the SEC has been dominant in college football. Fans will get to see two prominent members of the conference compete when LSU takes on Arkansas.

LSU is one of six SEC teams ranked in the top 12 of the BCS Standings. The Tigers are looking to continue its winning ways against Arkansas and get themselves in the best bowl possible.

On the other hand, the Razorbacks are simply trying to see this season end peacefully after a rough year on and off the field.

Still, Arkansas has won the battle for the Golden Boot three times in the last five years and will not go down without a fight.


Where: Razorback Stadium, Fayetteville, Ark.

When: Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Radio: LSU Affiliates, Arkansas Affiliates 

Live Stream: SEC Live

Spread: LSU (-12) via Vegas Insider

Arkansas has struggled all season, but LSU does not have a knack for blowing teams out this year.

Despite the Tigers have a 5-2 conference record, only one of those games was decided by more than a touchdown. Even Ole Miss was able to stay within six points of LSU last game.

In a rivalry game played in Arkansas, the Razorbacks have a good chance at covering the spread.


Over/Under: 51 via Vegas Insider

LSU's offense is just starting to wake up, with 78 points scored in the last two games. Meanwhile, Arkansas allowed 83 points in that time span.

Based on the way these teams have played lately, it would not be surprising to see this mark topped. 


Injury Report (via USA Today) as of Nov. 21


LB Kwon Alexander (Ankle) Probable

TE Nic Jacobs (Suspension) Questionable 

LB Luke Muncie (Virus) Doubtful 

RB Alfred Blue (Knee) Out



S Rohan Gaines (Head) Probable

QB Brandon Mitchell (Suspension) Questionable

TE Chris Gragg (Knee) Doubtful 


What's At Stake? 

Despite the two losses, LSU still has a chance to play for the SEC Championship.

If Alabama loses this week, it would set up a three-way tie in the West division, and the Tigers would get the nod for the title game.

However, LSU must take care of what it can control and defeat Arkansas. 


LSU Key to Victory: Get the Run Game Going

The Tigers were able to reach the BCS Championship Game last season due to their great efforts in the run game. With most of the same personnel, they should be able to succeed once again.

Freshman Jeremy Hill has struggled in his efficiency lately. He has been held under four yards per carry in each of the last three games. 

LSU needs to get back to its strength and get the ball more often to Hill, as well as Kenny Hilliard, Michael Ford and Spencer Ware.


Arkansas Key to Victory: Quarterback Efficiency

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace was able to throw for 310 yards against the LSU defense last week on only 15 completions out of 35 attempts. However, his two interceptions did not help his team.

Tyler Wilson has been very good with his accuracy lately, but his decision making is still causing some problems. He has thrown seven interceptions in the last four games, three of which turned into losses.

If the Arkansas quarterback can throw the football to his own team, his team will be able to pull off the upset.


Prediction: LSU 28, Arkansas 24

Arkansas has much more talent than the record implies, and the team would love to defeat the Tigers at home. This will be enough to keep the game close.

Of course, Les Miles and LSU always have a flare for the dramatic, and the squad should be able to pull out a late victory.


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