Arkansas coach Bret Bielema and his Razorbacks experienced quite a high on Saturday.
The Hogs won at Ole Miss 53-52 in overtime on a two-point conversion and only after converting a fourth down in OT on a play that included a bouncing lateral.
LSU, meanwhile, experienced quite the low.
The Tigers were out-gained 434-182, allowed Bama RB Derrick Henry to go for 210 yards and had their own running back, one-time Heisman favorite Leonard Fournette, held to 31 yards.
“Have a chance to go over now and play an upset LSU team,” Bielema said Wednesday. “I’m sure they’re not happy with the way things went last week. Probably doesn’t bode well for us.”
The Hogs (5-4, 3-2) and No. 9 Tigers (7-1, 4-1) meet at 6:15 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium in a key game for both. Arkansas needs one more victory to become bowl eligible, and LSU needs to win out to have a shot at reaching the SEC title game, while hoping for a Bama loss.
Bielema and his staff began their preparation for LSU even before the game against Ole Miss last week, he said.
“You literally have to turn the page,” he said of the win over the Rebels. “Went through about an hour, 15 minute film review of Ole Miss, but then quickly jumped into an LSU prep we had prepared on Friday and Saturday before we left. We supplemented their game on Saturday with Alabama. Went through some things on Sunday night. If you were thinking about Saturday, you were going to be lost.”
More from Bielema on the SEC teleconference
- As with many coaches, Bielema was complimentary of Fournette, saying “He’s violent, he’s strong, he’s patient.” But the big difference in the Tigers’ offense this season is starting quarterback Brandon Harris, he said. “The part Brandon has been able to do is complete his game,” Bielema said. “Throws a very nice deep ball. When you see a quarterback that seems comfortable, that goes a long way in making everything else better.”
- Remember when DC Kevin Steele said, upon his hire, that he planned to leave LSU’s defense as is except for a few small changes? After watching LSU film, Bielema echoed that. “They play very, very solid defense,” he said. “They do some things they did a year ago but he’s brought some nuances in the back end as well as up front that are subtle but that have worked very, very well.”