LSU Football: 5 Things We Learned from LSU's Win over Arkansas

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent INovember 24, 2012

Nov 23, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) during a timeout in the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE
Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

It certainly wasn't pretty.

In fact, it was downright painful to watch at times, but LSU's defense stepped up in the final minutes of the game as the Tigers pulled out a 20-13 road win over Arkansas.

Let's go ahead and review five things we learned from LSU's big win over Arkansas.

1. Zach Mettenberger still has some growing up to do

Mettenberger played great against Alabama and Mississippi State, but he took a step back last weekend against Ole Miss.

Many expected him to play well again in this matchup against Arkansas, but his performance was anything but that.

Mettenberger started off solid, but he was rather mediocre in the second half.

All in all, Mettenberger completed 16-of-29 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown in the game.

The Tigers are going to need better production than that if Mettenberger is going to lead this team to a BCS win either this season or next.

2. Arkansas came to play in this game

Remember that Arkansas vs. Alabama game when senior quarterback Tyler Wilson called out his team after the game for giving up?

Well, I can promise you that wasn't the case in this game.

Wilson and the Razorbacks fought throughout this game and you could just tell that every Razorback really believed they had a chance to win this football game.

Credit Arkansas for that.

3. Outside of Jeremy Hill, LSU's running backs are underachieving.

What happened to Spencer Ware?

Better yet, what happened to Michael Ford?

Wait a minute, I'll raise you on this: What happened to Kenny Hilliard?

Those three combined for 28 yards on 13 carries in this game, which is an average of less than two yards-per-carry.

Hill led the way with 77 yards rushing, but he is the rookie of the group. What happened to what was supposed to be one of the most talented and deepest backfields in the country?

4. Cobi Hamilton is the real deal

Arkansas fans know just how good this kid is, but now, the entire country should have an idea of just how special Cobi Hamilton is.

Hamilton caught a game-high 10 passes for 98 yards in this game. He was Wilson's favorite target, and really, the only guy he could rely on until Hamilton got hurt late in the game and wasn't a factor in the final drive.

Hamilton has now totaled 90 catches for 1,325 yards this year and looks like a first-round draft pick and an NFL star in the making.

Yes, this kid is that good.

5. LSU needs some help

There is no doubt this LSU team wants to play in the SEC Championship Game as well as make it to a BCS Bowl Game.

But in order for that to happen, this LSU team is going to need some help.

In order to make the SEC Title Game, LSU is going to need Auburn to beat Alabama and Texas A&M to beat Missouri.

We could certainly see the Aggies take down Missouri, but a bad Auburn team topping the No. 2-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide is another story.

But hey, we seen stranger things happen before.



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