What we learned

It’s hard to win on the road in the Southeastern Conference, no matter who you’re playing. That includes a downtrodden Arkansas team playing for nothing but pride. LSU seemed to be in control up 10-0 at the half and 17-3 early in the third quarter, but two Arkansas scores gave the Razorbacks momentum and gave the Tigers nervous knots until the game’s very last play.

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Here in Arkansas it’s Jon Gruden, the top player in the Razorbacks fans’ fantasy coaching draft. For LSU, it’s Jarvis Landry’s sensational one-handed touchdown catch in the back of the end zone just before halftime, sure to become an instant highlight staple on ESPN all weekend.

Final thoughts

The little picture is one of an LSU team that was lucky to escape with a victory. The big picture is of a team that went 10-2 despite losing its most dynamic player before the season and 21 others for a game or for the season along the way. That LSU went 10-2 with so much upheaval and still has a chance to play for the SEC title is remarkable.

Scott Rabalais

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