Five storylines: LSU at Arkansas
November, 22, 2012
By Gary Laney | ESPN.com
Derick E. HingleLSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger will aim to exploit Arkansas' suspect pass defense.BATON ROUGE, La. -- Back in August, an LSU at Arkansas game the day after Thanksgiving looked like a pretty sexy matchup of top-10 teams. But then the Razorbacks' season happened. Far from a Top 10 team, Arkansas comes into its season finale at 4-7. LSU is 9-2 and still hoping for a BCS bowl and even with an ever-so-slight chance at the SEC championship. Here are five storylines to watch:
1. The search goes on: John L. Smith has held out hope that he'd stay on as Arkansas' head coach. Not likely. He was hired for 10 months and $850,000 in April after Bobby Petrino was fired for lying about an extramarital affair. Smith inherited a Top 10 team, but has seen it go off the rails in a season where injuries and other issues have resulted in what he called "a perfect storm" of problems. They won't likely be his problems for long. The big question is, when does Arkansas make it official? Right after the game?
2. Ten-win season? LSU (9-2, 5-2) is looking for its third straight double-digit win season and sixth in eight seasons under Les Miles. With help, the Tigers could also end up in a BCS bowl and there's a slight chance, with help from an Auburn upset of Alabama on Saturday, that the Tigers could win the SEC West and advance to the SEC championship game in Atlanta. It wouldn't be entirely accurate to say LSU is playing for either a BCS bowl or an SEC title because the Tigers could win and get neither. But lose, and the Tigers get none of it.
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