SEC Football Preview: LSU hosts Arkansas

The No. 24 LSU Tigers (6-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) host the University of Arkansas Razorbacks (4-5, 1-4 SEC) in a noon game at Tiger Stadium.

The two SEC West teams go head to head competing for the Golden Boot. This tradition between the rival teams has taken place since 1996, with the Tigers winning 12 of the 20 meetings between the teams.

According to LSU Sports, the trophy is molded from 24-karat gold in the shape of the states of Arkansas and Louisiana, the trophy stands four feet in height, weighs nearly 200 pounds and is valued at $10,000. It is believed to be the heaviest trophy awarded in a college football rivalry.

Quarterbacks: LSU

Last week the Crimson Tide defeated LSU in a 24-10 road game. In the fourth quarter, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron took out senior starter Danny Etling, replacing him with freshman Myles Brennan. The quarterback switch was in efforts to get the offense going. Brennan completed three of five passes for 18 yards and was sacked twice in nine snaps.

According to The Times-Picayune, Orgeron said, “I thought he did good. The situation obviously, there was some pressure. He made some good decisions.”

Nov 4, 2017; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Danny Etling (16) warms up before the start of their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

During the Alabama game, Etling completed 12 of 26 passes for 137 yards. Etling also had one interception and was sacked four times. Despite Etling’s performance, Coach Orgeron said Etling is still their guy.


Orgeron explains Alabama ended what could’ve been the Tigers’ 4-game win-streak.

“We’ve got to forget about it,” Orgeron said. “And I think we’ve done that this week.”

Quarterbacks: Arkansas

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema hasn’t announced who his starting QB will be Saturday. Last week the Razorbacks defeated Coastal Carolina 39-38 with help from QB Cole Kelley, a redshirt freshman who started his fourth consecutive game in place of injured senior Austin Allen.

Kelley completed 16 of 25 passes for 264 yards. Kelley also had one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown; a 60-yard touchdown on a screen pass to T.J. Hammonds.

Bielema says his two quarterbacks are great for different reasons.

Orgeron says not knowing who Arkansas’ starting quarterback is will not be a problem.

Coach Bielema says this game is a big one for Arkansas.

How to Watch

Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, La.

When: Saturday, November 11

Time: 12:00 p.m. ET

Network: ESPN

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