Les Miles is in his sixth season at LSU with a record of 61-16 (.803) and 10th overall with a record of 89-37 (.706). The Tigers’ offensive coordinator is Gary Crowton and the defensive coordinator is John Chavis.
Bobby Petrino is in his third season at Arkansas with a record of 21-14 (.600) and eighth overall with a record of 65-33 (.663). The Razorbacks’ offensive coordinator is Garrick McGee and the defensive coordinator is Willie Robinson.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN LSU HAS THE BALL
LSU is coming off its best performance of the year with 43 points and 470 total yards. The Tigers are averaging 27.3 points and 336.1 total yards (184.2 rushing, 151.9 passing) per game. LSU QB Jordan Jefferson, who got his first career start in Little Rock two years ago, is 19-6 as a starter. Jefferson threw for a career-high 254 yards and one touchdown and added 45 rushing yards and another score in LSU’s 43-36 win against Ole Miss. LSU RB Stevan Ridley ranks fourth in the SEC in rushing with 967 yards and 12 TDs.
Defensive end Jake Bequette leads the team and ranks fifth in the SEC with 7.0 this season, tied for the eighth-highest single-season total in school history, and Tenarius Wright is tied for 10th in the conference with 5.0. Jerry Franklin leads the team and is tied for seventh in the SEC with 90 tackles this season. He has paced the team in tackles seven times this season, including with 20 at Mississippi State to tie the 10th highest single-game total in school history. Franklin leads the team and is tied for sixth in the SEC with 12.5 tackles for a loss and also is second among the Razorbacks and ranks sixth in the SEC with 6.5 sacks. Anthony Leon ranks second on the team and ninth in the SEC with 10.5 tackles for a loss and is tied for fourth on the team with 2.5 sacks. Tramain Thomas is tied for fourth in the SEC with a team-leading four interceptions.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN ARKANSAS HAS THE BALL
The Tigers continue to lead the SEC in total defense (286.9) and pass defense (151.8) and they are No. 2 in the league in scoring defense (16.5). LB Kelvin Sheppard leads the Tigers with 98 tackles. Drake Nevis is third on the team with 53 tackles, and ranks among the SEC leaders tackles for losses (12.5) and fifth in sacks (6.0). He’s also added an interception, forced three fumbles and recorded a safety.
Ryan Mallett leads the SEC and ranks fifth in the NCAA with 297.5 passing yards per game. His SEC-leading total of 87 completions of 15 yards or more ranks third in the nation and his 31 completions of 25- plus yards are tied for second in the conference and fifth in the country. Knile Davis is the 10th player in Arkansas history to post a 1,000-yard rushing season. He leads the team this year with 1,031 yards. His 93.7 rushing yards per game rank third in the SEC. Jarius Wright ranks third in the SEC and eighth in the NCAA with his 19.1 yards-per-reception average this season. Joe Adams ranks sixth in the conference and 25th in the nation with his 16.7 yards-per-reception average.
Patrick Peterson is first in the SEC in kickoff returns (27.5) and second in punt returns (16.7). Josh Jasper kicked three field goals of 31, 25 and 24 yards in helping the Tigers defeat the Rebels. The three field goals ran his season total a SEC-leading 23, the second-highest mark in school history. Jasper has now converted eight straight and 11 of his last 12 field goals.
Freshman Zach Hocker is a perfect 51-for-51 on PATs, the third-highest single-season PAT total in program history, and 12-of-14 on field goals to rank eighth in the SEC with 87 points. At South Carolina, Hocker made a 51-yard field goal that stands as the longest by a freshman in Razorback history and the longest for Arkansas since 1988. Five of his 11 makes have come from 40+ yards, including a 48 yarder at Georgia in his first SEC game.
Record: LSU, 34-19-2
LSU and Arkansas meet for the 56th time with the Tigers holding a 34-19-2 advantage in the series … LSU snapped a two-game Arkansas winning streak last year with a 33-30 overtime win over the Razorbacks in Tiger Stadium … Two of the last three games between the teams have gone to overtime … LSU is 8-6 against Arkansas in Little Rock, which includes a 1-1 mark under Les Miles … The last five games between the teams have been decided by a total of 13 points (LSU won 19-17 in 2005, 31-26 in 2006 and 33-30 in OT in 2009; Arkansas won 50-48 in 3OT in 2008 and 31-30 in 2008) … The largest point difference between the teams since 2005 was a 31-26 LSU victory in 2006.