Arkansas RBs vs. LSU LB Kendell Beckwith
There are few backfields in the nation that are more balanced than Arkansas’ duo of junior Jonathan Williams and sophomore Alex Collins. Williams has 137 carries for 877 yards and 10 touchdowns. Collins counters with 134 carries for 840 yards and 10 touchdowns. Considering Arkansas averages 248.2 rushing yards, it’ll likely continue to pound the football against LSU’s run defense, which ranks ninth in the Southeastern Conference. Since Beckwith took over at middle linebacker, the Tigers have been more stout against opposing run games. That was on display Saturday against Alabama when, after Beckwith went to the locker room with an apparent leg injury and was replaced by senior D.J. Welter, the Tide drove down the field for its first touchdown.
Arkansas DB Tevin Mitchel vs. LSU WR Travin Dural
Dural’s early-season success seemingly has disappeared. In his first four games of 2014, the sophomore caught eight passes for 494 yards and four touchdowns. In six games since, he has 22 catches but for only 207 yards and three TDs. Against Alabama, Dural had three receptions for 25 yards, his longest catch being for a 12-yard gain. Against Arkansas, he’ll likely be matched up against Mitchel, who has one interception and eight pass breakups.
Arkansas OTs vs. LSU’s pass rush
Given its run-first approach, Arkansas’ offense has one advantage: It doesn’t allow sacks, allowing just 10 through nine games. The LSU pass rush, headed by defensive ends Jermauria Rasco and Danielle Hunter, will try to inflate that stat.
He said what?
“Now, you do realize, Ted, that should I go strong one way or another, certainly they would never remember that the next time we lined up to play them, ‘Do you remember what he said, that dirty, rotten dog?’ So I do realize this is one of those questions that there is a good possible wrong answer in there somewhere.”
— LSU coach Les Miles, speaking to former Advocate sportswriter Ted Castillo, about picking the winner of Saturday’s Mississippi State/Alabama game
By the numbers
1 -- Times LSU has lost back-to-back games under Les Miles. The Tigers are 25-1 following a defeat in his tenure.
2 -- Touchdowns the LSU defense has allowed in its past three SEC contests.
14 -- Consecutive eight-win seasons for LSU, the nation’s longest active streak. One more win would make it 15.