1. What we learned
Once again, LSU faces a crisis of confidence. The good will and positive momentum of a 7-0 start has boiled away in the heat of humbling back-to-back SEC losses, first at Alabama and now at home to Arkansas, this by a 31-14 count. The Tigers were outplayed in every phase, failing for the second straight year to find their game or their sense of urgency against what is again a surging Arkansas program. And to add injury to insult, Leonard Fournette had just 19 carries for 91 yards, throwing more cold water on his Heisman Trophy hopes.
2. Trending now
LSU’s offensive line. In the Tigers’ 7-0 start this looked like one of the best units in the country. The last two weeks it has been overrun. It was comparatively easy to explain getting dominated at Alabama, which possesses one of if not the nation’s best front sevens. Arkansas’ defense is not Alabama, entering this game last in the SEC in pass and scoring defense. But it was Arkansas which harassed Brandon Harris all night with five sacks and bottled up LSU’s ground game for a net 59 yards (sacks included). A sobering stat indeed.
3. Final thoughts
It’s going to be difficult for Les Miles to keep this season from going completely off the rails. LSU travels to Ole Miss next week and will be a sizable underdog before coming home to play Texas A&M. The Aggies aren’t faring much better right now than the Tigers, but is it possible to predict much success for LSU at this point? The Tigers suddenly can’t run at will, certainly can’t pass block effectively, can’t stop giving up huge plays on defense and still don’t cover kicks well. Hardly a recipe for success.