LSU Tigers at Arkansas Razorbacks
Saturday, 11/27/10, 3:30 PM EDT, TV: CBS
Opening Point Spread: Arkansas -4.5
Current Betting Line: Arkansas -3.5
Opening Total: 54
Current Total: 54.5
Current Moneyline: Arkansas -165 / LSU +145
LSU is in position of recording its sixth 11-win season in school history and help its case of receiving a BCS bid with a victory against Arkansas on Saturday afternoon. “I like the position that we’re in,” said head coach Les Miles. “As we get to the back end of the season we have a lot to play for and that’s a wonderful thing.” Last year, the teams went to overtime for the second time in three years with the Tigers pulling out a 33-30 victory. The last five games between the teams have been decided by a total of 13 points. LSU enters this game off a 43-36 home win over Ole Miss and its only loss came at No. 2 Auburn on October 23rd. The team is 5-5 ATS on the season and the college football lines page has them as a underdog.
The Tigers continue to lead the SEC in total defense and pass defense, while checking in at No. 2 in the league in scoring defense. Offensively, LSU is coming off its best performance of the year with 43 points and 470 total yards. The team is averaging 27.3 points and 336.1 total yards per game. Quarterback Jordan Jefferson passed for a career-high 254 yards and a touchdown in the victory and the squad is 9-0 when they score first this season. In order to pick up a road in on Saturday, running back Stevan Ridley must provide a big performance, ranking fourth in the conference with 87.9 rushing yards per game.
Arkansas has enjoyed the type of season that many experts predicted at the beginning of the season, with losses to Alabama and Auburn as the only blemishes on the schedule. “We’ve grown a lot since last year,” said junior quarterback Ryan Mallett. “Last year we were a young team, but now we’re maturing – we’re just growing up.” He has a 160.4 passer rating on the year, but could struggled against an LSU secondary that is allowing just 151.8 passing yards per game. Mallett completed 17 of 39 passes for 227 yards and an interception in last year’s loss. The team is 15-8 ATS versus conference opponents the last three seasons.
The Razorbacks are coming off a 38-31 double-overtime victory at Mississippi State on Saturday, giving them the 22nd nine-win season in school history. Arkansas has won its last seven games in Little Rock, which is tied for the seventh-longest streak in program history. The team boasts an all-time record of 136-65-4 in the state’s capital and a 145-52-2 mark in War Memorial Stadium. Head coach Bobby Petrino usually has his team’s playing their best football during the month of November, as his .769 career winning percentage in the month ranking as the second-highest among current SEC coaches.
Bettors will find that the Tigers are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 November games, while the Razorbacks are 4-1 ATS the last five meetings.
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