That's something Arkansas has not put together in a 24-8 season that has been spectacular in pitching, but spotty in hitting and sometimes full of defensive lapses.
"If you are 32-2, that's fun," Van Horn said. "You go to the park knowing you are going to win."
LSU leads the SEC West at 11-1 with the Hogs tied for second at 8-4. It's that three-game deficit that leads to the motivation for the weekend.
"We try to down play the motivation of a series because all games are the same," Van Horn said. "Obviously, the team in front of us is coming in here and that motivates our guys. They see that."
It could be a championship battle when all is over. It may have been when the Tigers swept the Hogs in three games last year in Baton Rouge, the ultimate margin in the West. LSU won it at 19-11. Arkansas tied for second at 16-14.
"All three of those were tight," Van Horn said. "That hurt us. We had a lead in the first one and had a big inning against a hot pitcher, then lost it. They had a couple of walk-off wins to end the series.
"We didn't play well and then we kind of stumbled around in the league and truly didn't get over it."
The Tigers can do it all. Righthanded starting pitchers for the first two games, Aaron Nola and Ryan Eades, are undefeated in 12 decisions. The LSU staff has a 2.39 ERA and limits opposing hitters to just .216. LSU pitchers are stingy on walks, with only 86.
"Nola and Eades are 90 plus and neither have lost a game," Van Horn said. "It's all the same."
The LSU batting order is deep and consistent. The Tigers will try to dent the nation's best ERA (the Hogs are at 1.56 as a staff) with an order that bats .322. There are four batters in the order with more than 40 hits. Mason Katz leads at .447, Alex Bergman is at .444, Christian Ibarra at .336.
"We have faced some good teams, but we haven't faced an LSU lineup," Van Horn said. "They are very consistent.
"I think you have some teams where they've had one guy in the three or four hole that can really hurt you, but you could stay away from them a little because of what was going on around them during a game. They have three or four in a row like that, then they have a couple at the top of the order who get on base and can run and then the bottom of their order can do some things. They are just consistent."
Van Horn is more worried about his own team than the Tigers. Jacob Mahan seems to be over his stomach bug, but Joe Serrano is still fighting illness.
"I got a text before I got here, but I haven't had a chance to read it," Van Horn said.
Afterwards when he got to the text, it wasn't what he was hoping to ready.
"He's not doing well," Van Horn said. "I know he was feeling it this weekend at Alabama but he didn't say anything. He didn't go to class or practice yesterday. It doesn't sound good right now.
"I had texted him this morning. I was trying to think about a lineup."
Serrano has been the DH for most of the year. Without him, Van Horn isn't sure of a lineup.
"We'll see how practice goes," he said. "I am not sure who we will put in the two hole, maybe Dominic Ficociello or we might just slide up Tyer Spoon."
The pitching rotation will stay the same with Barrett Astin, Ryne Stanek and Randall Fant set to go in that order. First pitch Friday and Saturday nighst are scheduled for 6:35 p.m. The Sunday start is 1:05 p.m. CST will carry the final two games.
Van Horn didn't set his lineup at short or first base, but it could be Brian Anderson and Eric Fisher. Anderson played both short and left field in a doubleheader Tuesday. Fisher has been a quick defensive replacement over the final few games, behind Willie Schwanke. But Van Horn likes the way Fisher's bat is coming around.
"We've been good in the outfield and at catcher," Van Horn said. "The main issue has been the middle of the infield. We weren't able to practice on the field (because of rain) Wednesday, but the Hogs are set to practice outside Thursday despite cool conditions.
"It's going to be nice Friday and get warmer as the weekend goes along," Van Horn said. "This is the first good weekend we've had for all three games."
Tickets are sold out except for bullpen bleacher seats that go on sale day of the game. A shuttle service will run from Lot 56 off of campus.
Van Horn knows fans love the LSU series, but he was hard pressed to name LSU as a baseball rival.
"I don't know who our rival is anymore," he said. "It used to be Texas. In the SEC, it's year to year. We have a lot of respect for LSU and Ole Miss. But I could go on and on (in the SEC).
"It's always a big series. But it's not make or break for us and they have a big lead. Vandy is up there with them, too, from the East, but they don't play LSU or us."
The 14-team SEC plays a 30-game schedule, meaning there are three teams off your schedule. Arkansas does not play Vanderbilt, Florida and Missouri from the East.