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Sully Says: Hogs need to embrace "underdog" status

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I knew the Hogs would be a big underdog this week at LSU, but I didn't think they would be a 25 point underdog. This isn't David vs. Goliath, but it's in the neighborhood.

Do I expect the Hogs to pull off the monumental upset? No. My hope is that Coach Bielema and his staff embrace their underdog status and act like an underdog.

Looking at the LSU offensive stats and the Razorback defensive numbers, it looks like the Hogs will have to score at least 30 points to have a chance to beat LSU. This is asking a lot from an offense that has cracked the 20 point mark just once in the last six games.

The Hogs have gone with the same offensive plan for the past six weeks and have ended up with the same results. They look like a dominant offense for at least one series - usually the opening drive of the game - then they struggle the rest of the way.

I would like to think that Coach Bielema, Coach Chaney and Coach Ash are scheming this week to come up with a unique plan that will have the LSU defense and Hog fans wondering what the heck is going on.

I've got ideas.

No huddle: go Wild Hog with Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins; throw on early downs; blitz on just about every down; instead of fake punts, just go Pulaski Academy - how about no punt Friday?

If any coach is equipped to devise an "underdog" game plan for this week, it's Coach Bielema. He has a great "underdog' story from walk-on lineman at Iowa to a head coaching job in college football's elite conference. You have to believe that Coach B had to think outside the box a time or two during his climb to the SEC.

There was some evidence Monday that Coach B was laying the groundwork for an "underdog" effort. He said during the summer that he googled fights between a wild hog and a tiger. He admitted that he didn't like what he saw, but added that the little guy did win once in awhile.

I would have Barry Lunney Jr. address the team during pre-game.  It was Lunney , back in 1992, who led the 1-4 Razorbacks to a stunning 25-24 upset of 4th ranked Tennessee in a game played in Knoxville.

Let's hope sometime early Friday night, we are wondering where an upset of a heavily favored LSU team on their turf ranks among the Hogs greatest upsets.