Arkansas will welcome the LSU Tigers to Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium for a Saturday matinee game, the 66th iteration of the classic rivalry. The Hogs are looking for their first victory over LSU since 2015, with the Tigers having won seven of the last nine matchups.
The Razorbacks suffered a 63-35 stomping last week against No. 6 Florida and are trying to avoid losing consecutive games for the first time all year. LSU enters the contest having been idle since Oct. 31 because of a bye and a coronavirus-related postponement.
As both teams eye a .500 record and fourth place in the ultra-competitive Southeastern Conference West Division, here are the official Traveler staff score predictions.
Robert Stewart, Sports Editor
This one is almost unfair to predict because we have not seen what LSU has to offer this month. The Tiger defense has been exploitable all year, and I can see that trend continuing with Arkansas trying to stave off consecutive losses. As ugly as the Florida game was, the Razorbacks notched a season-high 35 points behind an unfazed Feleipe Franks. The offense is rolling, and I think the defense will get its act together for a home rivalry game. The Hogs’ COVID-19 situation is unclear, but no matter who is out, this team has shown it has a next-man-up mentality which can mitigate any losses. Arkansas has a feel-good win on tap this weekend.
PREDICTION: Arkansas 27, LSU 17
Mason Choate, Football Beat Writer
Based on what Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman has said throughout this week, I am not confident that the Hogs will have all their key players Saturday. But, for the purpose of this prediction, I am going to call it as if things were normal. Yes, LSU has had three weeks to prepare for this game — but Arkansas has been preparing through in-game action. The Razorback pass defense was torched last week, but I think they will do well against either Tiger freshman quarterback. The LSU defense will not be able to contain the Arkansas offense for four quarters.
PREDICTION: Arkansas 24, LSU 21
Arianna Morrison, Sports Reporter
LSU seems to be rebuilding right now, so they are not as good as they have been in previous years. I think that Arkansas will be able to put up quite a few points because LSU's defense isn't doing too hot right now. I think the Hogs’ defense is looking to recover from last week after allowing 63 points against Florida. I have a good feeling about the game this Saturday, especially as a sort of comeback game from last week.
PREDICTION: Arkansas 21, LSU 14
Jackson McAfee, Sports Reporter
The Arkansas Razorbacks are coming into this game with a lot riding on the line with the Battle for the Golden Boot rivalry. The LSU Tigers are not the championship team that they were last season. Though LSU’s Ed Orgeron is an excellent coach, he is having to rebuild the program after losing so many starters. With the veteran experience for the Hogs, I see a big win here for Arkansas. Franks is going to be throwing the deep ball in this game a lot. The Razorback defense will be dominant in the game and has a huge chip on its shoulder after giving up 63 points last week to the No. 6 Florida Gators. I see Arkansas winning by multiple possessions in this one.
PREDICTION: Arkansas 38, LSU 17
Andrew Joseph, Sports Reporter
The fact that Arkansas came into the week as the favorite is simply astounding considering they were 40-point underdogs versus LSU last year. The Razorbacks and Tigers have performed dramatically differently than they did during the 2019 season. The Tigers have not played since Halloween, when they were routed by Auburn by more than thirty points. Conversely, the Hogs lost to Auburn on a last-second field goal due to a controversial decision by officials. Assuming this game is played – depending on the latest COVID-19 test results – I like the Razorbacks’ odds. Pittman has yet to lose back-to-back games since landing the head coaching job and he will not do so this week. Hogs by four.
PREDICTION: Arkansas 17, LSU 13
Braden Sarver, Sports Reporter
The Razorback offense has improved as the season has progressed, while LSU’s defense has left a lot to be desired. Arkansas will look to take advantage of the poor LSU defense and set a season-high in scoring. The Tigers are still dangerous on offense, but they will be without their starting quarterback and neither backup has played great football so far. On the ground, LSU has also been inconsistent. If Arkansas can control the running game, then the Tigers will not have an answer for the Hog defense and could look flat on offense like they did against Auburn, who held them to 11.
PREDICTION: Arkansas 41, LSU 24