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Gameday Central: LSU vs. Arkansas

Come inside Tiger Blitz' Gameday Central for live updates and analysis from Fayetteville as the Tigers look to break a two-game skid against the Razorbacks.

WHEN: Saturday, November 12 at 6 pm CT
WHERE: Razorback Stadium (Fayetteville, Ark.)
TV/RADIO: ESPN/Tiger Sports Radio Network
SERIES: LSU leads 37-22-2
LAST MEETING: In 2015, LSU lost 31-17 in Tiger Stadium
LINE: LSU -7
OVER/UNDER: 46

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3rd Quarter Analysis

After a nightmare start on offense to open the second half with Fournette fumbling and Arkansas kicking a field goal, LSU made their own mark on the game with Derrius Guice and Fournette running wild to put LSU up 28-10. The Tigers used some deception on a 3rd and 1 play to pitch it out to Guice after faking the fullback dive. That could not have happened without LSU testing the edge on 2nd down with Fournette, who ripped off a 17-yard run to bring up the short 3rd down. LSU continued to pound the rock and took advantage of that to go up 28-10. Fournette's fumble could have been more costly, but the LSU defense stood tall. Right now for Arkansas, not much is working and if it is, it hasn't been consistent enough to piece together a drive this half. LSU helped Arkansas out with that nice field position to get the field goal. LSU's offense didn't take advantage of a drive to potentially go up 31-10 or 35-10, but the LSU defense isn't giving much reason to worry about this one. There's been pressure on Austin Allen all night and it's been very difficult to do anything if you're Arkansas.

2nd Quarter Analysis

The second quarter for the Tigers started with the Tigers finishing out a touchdown drive to take a 14-0 lead. A little less than five minutes into the second quarter, the Tigers were up 21-0 nothing thanks to plenty of running room for LSU running backs. After that, Arkansas responded thanks to a few key mental errors by LSU's defense. Tre'Davious White got beaten for a 44-yard touchdown pass on 3rd and 22 to get the Razorbacks back into the game. That play was able to happen because White fell asleep in 1-on-1 coverage on Reed, who beat him easily. The Razorbacks took roughly five minutes off the clock on that drive and before you knew it, LSU and Arkansas traded short drives that went nowhere thanks to some great defense even though both teams tried to put points on the board in the final few minutes of the half. LSU had Arkansas down on the mat and has let them back up a bit. The Tigers have to come out with a huge effort in the second half to start like the team did at the beginning of the game.

1st Quarter Analysis

This one started as well as it could have for the Tigers. LSU got pressure right off the bat from Arden Key with a sack of Austin Allen on the Razorbacks' first drive on the way to forcing a three-and-out. The Tigers offense roared to life with a 9 play, 75-yard drive in 4:31 to answer. LSU has mixed Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice very well early on with the backs nearly trading off. The Tigers didn't have much success running the ball inside, but on the few toss powers to the edge, LSU broke those for nice 8-9 yard gains. Those are working well for LSU and the Tigers have had their way opening holes against Arkansas. LSU has to keep the pedal to the metal though throughout this one. The Tigers defense bent a little bit, allowing the Razorbacks to escape the shadow of their own endzone to move out to their 40 before having to punt. Allen has been pressured much of the time and Key has actually been held it seems on plays by Dan Skipper, the offensive tackle for Arkansas. LSU even tried the Wildcat towards the end of the quarter. It's all looking good for LSU early on here.

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