LSU vs Arkansas: Staff predictions and expert picks

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The LSU Tigers are one step closer to bowl eligibility, all they have to do is win ‘The Boot’ on Saturday.

Getting to the needed six wins didn’t seem that far away just five weeks ago, but since that time LSU is 1-4. During that same stretch, the once-hot Arkansas Razorbacks are just one game better at 2-3. Last week against the Mississippi State Bulldogs, the Hogs became bowl eligible with a three-point victory.

Given what is on the table, can LSU and head coach Ed Orgeron come away victorious? Orgeron is a perfect 5-0 against Arkansas. A look at how the staff and industry experts expect this game to go on Saturday Night in Death Valley.

Patrick Conn, Site Editor

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X-Factor: KJ Jefferson

Going with an Arkansas player as the key in this game for the LSU Tigers. If he isn’t able to run the football and make plays in the passing game then it benefits the LSU defense. Jefferson is third on the Hogs team in rushing and has been efficient in the passing game. If the Tigers can minimize his impact it will favor LSU.

Prediction: Arkansas 34, LSU 31

Overall, this team has gotten up for Florida and Alabama. Following the Florida game was the debacle against Ole Miss. Will the trend pop up once against against Arkansas? This team hasn’t shown consistent effort this year and I question if they will against the Hogs.

Lance Dawe, Contributor

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X-Factor: Cordale Flott

Flott takes the majority of his snaps in the slot, where he will be matching up with Treylon Burks. Flott is going to carry a heavy load for this LSU defense to prevent Burks from creating explosive plays downfield.

Prediction: LSU 30, Arkansas 22

LSU is going to handle Arkansas and their run game as they did to Alabama last week. I think this is a low-scoring game that features a couple of turnovers that push LSU over the edge.

Adam Hunsucker, Daily Advertiser (USA TODAY Network)

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Prediction: LSU 34, Arkansas 21

The two-quarterback system throws Arkansas off balance. LSU keeps its bowl hopes alive on a Saturday night in Death Valley.

CBS Sports Straight-Up Selections

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CBS Expert Picks (2-5 LSU-Arkansas)

Analyst

Pick

Dennis Dodd

LSU

Tom Fornelli

LSU

Chip Patterson

Arkansas

Barrett Sallee

Arkansas

David Cobb

Arkansas

Shehan Jeyarajah

Arkansas

Jerry Palm

Arkansas

College Football News Expert Picks

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CFN Panel

Adam Dubbin, GatorsWire.com LSU
Jeff Feyerer, CFN: LSU
Pete Fiutak, CFN: Arkansas
Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com: LSU
Phil Harrison, BuckeyesWire.com: Arkansas
Jeremy Mauss, MWwire.com: LSU
Kevin McGuire, NittanyLionsWire.com: LSU
Johnny Rosenstein, SportsBookWire.com: LSU
Nick Shepkowski, FightingIrishWire.com: LSU
Scott Steehn, WinnersandWhiners.com: LSU
Joe Vitale, UGAWire.com: LSU
Clucko the Chicken, CFN: LSU
CONSENSUS PICK: LSU

Kerry Miller, Bleacher Report

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Prediction: Arkansas 28, LSU 20

What Miller Says…

LSU keeps trying to establish the run, but with the exception of shredding Florida, it just hasn’t been working. As a result, the Tigers have been held to 21 points or fewer in four of their last five games.

That isn’t likely to cut it against an Arkansas offense that has run the ball at will against every opponent not named Georgia—especially considering Kentucky, UCLA, Ole Miss and Auburn ran for miles against LSU.

But both of these teams have played in several head-scratchers this season, so we’ll see which direction this one goes.

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