What to watch for in LSU's matchup with Arkansas


LSU is set to play its first game in nearly three weeks as the Tigers face Arkansas at 11 a.m.

Ahead of the matchup receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. addressed the team to remind player that there’s still a mission for them to complete.

“Even through all of the hard times, through all of this COVID stuff, we just got to keep our eyes focused on the prize and that’s just to finish this season out the best way we could,” Marshall said.

The Tigers will start that mission against a Razobacks team that’s leading the SEC with 13 interceptions.

Here’s what to watch for when LSU takes the field Saturday morning:

How the Tigers look after three weeks off: LSU hasn’t played since Oct. 31 after its matchup with Alabama was postponed. Orgeron said his team is still very motivated.
“They want to win. They want to go out and win, and they represent the purple and gold. And they don't like the results on the field either,” he said. “But you know what? A lot of them got a lot of things to prove on the field to go into the NFL, and put it on tape.”

How TJ Finley responds: the freshman quarterback had a dazzling debut in LSU’s win against South Carolina but struggled the following week at Auburn. Finley will get the chance to bounce back against Arkansas and has had plenty of time to settle in to LSU’s offense as he was essentially the only scholarship quarterback available for the Tigers when several players were quarantined due to contact tracing.

Max Johnson’s snaps: Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron said he plans to play the true freshman quarterback in Saturday’s game. Johnson looked good during his snaps vs. Auburn, making plays with both his arms and legs, but hasn’t been able to practice much due to quarantining.

Can LSU win the turnover battle: Arkansas is leading the the SEC with 13 interceptions. Orgeron said the Tigers will have to do a good job of taking care of the ball.
“We went to Auburn, we didn't win the turnover battle,” he said. “We've got to win the line of scrimmage. You've got to be physical. Arkansas is a physical football team starts with the turnover battle. This week it will be big emphasis on securing the ball and taking it away. They're a plus-8. We're a plus-4.”