LSU awaits a hefty challenge from Arkansas offensive line
The Arkansas Razorbacks will surely provide LSU with a stiff challenge this weekend in Baton Rouge. A year ago, Bret Bielema’s team blanked the Tigers by a score of 17-0. It held LSU to only 36 yards rushing, and effectively dominated on both sides of the ball.
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To put it into perspective, Arkansas’ offensive line group is massive. It’s the biggest collection of offensive lineman in the world — with the starting group weighing in at an average of 327.8 pounds. This includes being bigger on average than any NFL team’s starting offensive line.
Running back Alex Collins has already surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in ’15, and one can be sure Arkansas will prioritize the run game with its gargantuan line.
When looking at LSU’s group up front, starting defensive ends Lewis Neal and Arden Key weigh in at 264 pounds and 231 pounds, respectively. While not characterized by size, LSU has to use its speed to its advantage. This includes getting off of blocks, and flying around to the football.
Making the Arkansas’ offensive linemen move laterally — as opposed to upfield — will be key.