PREVIEW: First look at the Razorbacks

For the fourth time in as many tries this year, LSU will face a top 10 team on the road as the eighth-ranked Tigers travel to face No. 5-ranked Arkansas at 1:30 p.m. on Friday in Little Rock. The game will be played in a sold out War Memorial Stadium and will be televised to a national audience on CBS.





All-Time Series: LSU leads 32-17-2


Stadium: Fayetteville - Reynolds Razorback (72,000);

    Little Rock - War Memorial (53,727)


First Meeting: 1901, LSU 15, Arkansas 0


Last Meeting: 2005, LSU 19, Arkansas 17


Head Coach: Houston Nutt, 67-41, 8th year at UA

          103-63 overall, 13 years


2006 Record: 10-1, 7-0 SEC


2005 in Review: 4-7, 2-6 SEC


Final '05 Ranking: Not ranked


Off./Def. Systems: Multiple/4-3


Returning Starters: 20; 10 offense, 9 defense, punter


Last Bowl Appearance: 2003 Independence Bowl


Last Conference Championship: 1989, Southwest Conference





Rushing: Darren McFadden – 223 carries, 1,303 yards, 12 TDs


Passing: Mitch Mustain – 122-64-8, 853 yards, 10 TDs


Receiving: Marcus Monk – 45 catches, 859 yards, 9 TDs


Tackles: Sam Olajubutu – 66 tackles (41 S, 25 A)





Date                   Opponent                                 '05 Result


S-2                  L, 50-14 USC                         L, 70-17


S-9                  W, 20-0 Utah State                  ---


S-16                W, 21-10 at Vanderbilt             L, 28-24


S-23                W, 24-23 (OT) Alabama            L, 24-13


O-7                  W, 27-10 at Auburn                 L, 34-17


O-14                W, 63-7 S.E. Missouri State      ---


O-21                W, 38-3 Ole Miss                    W, 28-17


O-28                W, 44-10 Louisiana-Monroe      W, 44-14


N-4                  W, 26-20 at South Carolina      L, 14-10


N-11                W, 31-14 Tennessee                ---


N-18                W, 28-14 at Mississippi State    W, 44-10


N – 25             LSU                                       L, 19-17



Head to Head:


Arkansas QB vs. LSU FS

Casey Dick vs. LaRon Landry


Don't expect the Razorbacks to throw the ball that much, but when they do, it should be Casey Dick pulling the trigger. Hotshot freshman Mitch Mustain has led the Razorbacks most of this season, but versus Tennessee, Houston Nutt called on Dick, and he has performed relatively well. However, with Darren McFadden and Arkansas' punishing rushing attack, the pass is a last resort of sorts. LaRon Landry has a knack of putting that punishing lick on opposing quarterbacks – a la Willie Tuitama and Brodie Croyle. Watch for the big lick on the blitz.



Arkansas LB vs. LSU RB

Sam Olajubutu vs. Alley Broussard


Who knows what's going on in this LSU backfield. Throughout the course of this season, the Tigers have seen two freshmen (Charles Scott and Keiland Williams) shine. But Les Miles has played a variety of different running backs this year, and the way this game seems to be stacking up, it could be an Alley Broussard-type day with a power rushing attack. Sam Olajubutu is one of the SEC's best linebackers and is the Razorbacks' leading tackler. Olajubutu and Co. will try their best to clamp down the Tigers' running game and force JaMarcus Russell to beat them.



Player to Watch:


Darren McFadden

RB, So.

6-2, 213

Pulaski Oak Grove HS

North Little Rock, Ark.


Where does one begin when talking about Darren McFadden? Everyone saw how good McFadden would be as a breakout freshman a year ago. Heading into the 2006 season, all the hype was being placed on Auburn's Kenny Irons. But McFadden has emerged as the league's best running back by far and will likely be in the Heisman mix this year and no doubt next season. McFadden is a big back (6-2, 213) who can run with power as well as speed. Mississippi State limited the standout runner to just 84 yards last week without a rushing touchdown. But he made the Bulldogs pay by bringing back a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. The key to beating Arkansas is shutting down McFadden. It will be interesting to see if the Tiger defense is up to the task.

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