A look back at LSU’s last five games against Arkansas

LSU will meet Arkansas for the 69th time in program history on Saturday night.

LSU leads the series 41-23-2. Since The Golden Boot Trophy was introduced to the series, LSU leads 18-9.

This game is typically played later in the year. This will be the first time in series history the two meet before October.

It’ll be the second meeting between Brian Kelly and Sam Pittman after LSU won 13-10 in Fayetteville last year.

LSU is a heavy favorite this week with the line remaining at 17.5 points. A sharp change from last year when LSU was just a three-point favorite on the road.

The total for the game is 55.5.

With the rivalry set to renew for another year, here’s how the last five games have played out in the series.

2018: LSU 24-17

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(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Coming off a bad loss to Bama the week prior, LSU travelled to Fayetteville in Joe Burrow’s first year with the program.

The Tigers led 24-3 after three quarters, but a strong final period from Arkansas made the score a respectable 24-17.

LSU controlled time of possession and relied on a balanced attack.

Joe Burrow was 15/21 for 195 yards and a touchdown. Justin Jefferson led LSU receivers with six catches for 117 yards and a touchdown.

2019: LSU 56-20

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This was one of the best teams in LSU history facing one of the worst teams in Arkansas history. It got ugly.

LSU led 28-6 at halftime and then added 21 unanswered points in the third quarter to stretch the lead to 43 points.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire had a big night, needing just six carries to reach 188 yards. Joe Burrow surpassed 300 yards and Ja’Marr Chase caught two touchdowns.

K.J Jefferson didn’t get the start for Arkansas, but ended up leading the Razorbacks with 105 passing yards on the night.

2020: LSU 27-24

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Plenty of us probably memory-holed that COVID season, but it did happen. It was Sam Pittman’s first year in Fayetteville.

LSU was in the midst of a disappointing year. Hoping to defend their title, the Tigers opened the season flat and never found the right momentum.

They needed a win here.

LSU led 20-14 at the half but the Razorbacks went on a 10-0 run to take the lead.

Down four late, LSU QB T.J. Finley found receiver Jaray Jenkins to put LSU back in front. The Tigers got the win, 27-24.

2021: Arkansas 16-13

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(AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

This is Arkansas’ lone win in this span. It was a low scoring defensive battle that ended in overtime.

Garrett Nussmeier was getting his first start after Max Johnson struggled against Alabama a week prior. Nuss struggled, throwing two picks and racking up just 179 yards on 31 attempts.

LSU had a chance to win this game, with the ESPN win probability favoring LSU at 82% at one point. But key mistakes prevented LSU from putting this one away.

Arkansas only needed a field goal in overtime after LSU failed to score.

2022: 13-10 LSU

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Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

For the third straight year, the game was decided by just three points.

LSU was riding high after the win vs. Alabama, yet the Tigers remained just three-point favorites on the road.

It was a cold morning and several LSU players were dealing with an illness. The offense was sluggish, but Harold Perkins made play after play and became a national star.

Arkansas couldn’t get anything going without Jefferson, and LSU won 13-10.

Story originally appeared on LSU Tigers Wire