Battle for the boot.
After getting embarrassed in Tiger Stadium against Alabama last week, Coach Ed Orgeron will hope to avoid the “Alabama hangover”. LSU comes into Fayetteville ranked 7th in the country, and 7-2 on the year. The Tiger’s defense is suffocating (again). Future NFL studs are Greedy Williams, Devin White, and Grant Delpit. Offensively, LSU has a dynamic running back. And no, his name is not Leonard Fournette or Derrius Guice. This year his name is Nick Brosette. RB1 has ran for over 700 yards and 10 touchdowns.
For Arkansas to win this game, they MUST win the turnover battle. If they can challenge Joe Burrow into bad decisions then this game will be closer than people think. I believe DWRRS is going to be rowdy. The fans will be tailgating all day and should be prepared to provide a hostile environment. Being the seniors last time to play in Fayetteville, they will play with extra motivation.
The first quarter will tell us a lot about the outcome of the game, but expect the Hogs to keep it close in the first half. I anticipate a solid performance from the Hogs especially given an extra week to prepare for these Tigers. The final score will not be be indicative of how close the game actually was.
The Boot stays in Baton Rouge for the third consecutive year.
Let’s talk a little hoops. The Razorbacks open the season against 1-0 Texas in El Paso, Texas. This game is played as part of the Armed Forces Classic, meaning the two teams will square off inside of a battleship. Texas played Eastern Illinois on Tuesday and won their season opener 71-59. While it was somewhat of a sluggish performance, the Longhorns were without their best guard due to a rules violation. Unfortunately, he will be back tonight for the 6:00 tip.
Mike Anderson certainly has his work cut out for him this year. The most experienced guard that played meaningful minutes that is returning this year is Gabe Osabuohien. Daniel Gafford is back along with a highly touted recruiting class. The most impressive youngster early on has been Isaiah Joe. The Northside HS graduate poured in 31 points in the annual Red-White game. He also continued his dominant performance in the two exhibition games.
While the young talent is evident, it is going to be a tough year for the fastest 40 minutes in basketball. I predict the Hogs to give Mike Anderson his first sub .500 team in his career.
But hey, maybe the Hogs can pull the upset against the Horns tonight.
Also, women’s soccer plays host to UALR in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Last thing, HUGE recruiting weekend on tap in Fayetteville. Do not be surprised if a recruit calls the hogs during or after his visit.