FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks spent a little more than an hour inside the Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion Thursday afternoon as they put the final polish on their game plan for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Arkansas offensive line coach Mike Markuson met with the media following Thursday’s workout.
“It was a great day of preparation today,” Markuson said. “The guys know we have a lot to play for this weekend. This is going to be a very motivated Mississippi State team that we play on Saturday.”
Markuson said the Razorbacks will face a Mississippi State defense that has shown improvement from the first month of the season till now.
“They run a 4-3 scheme and are very physical,” Markuson noted. “We watched tape of their game against Alabama today and it is a totally different football team in that game than the one that started the year. Their younger players are playing much better and making things happen.”
The Mississippi State defense is allowing 356.7 yards per game, putting them eighth in the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs are 10th in the league against the run, giving up 182.7 yards per outing.
Markuson added that establishing the running game will be crucial for the Razorbacks this Saturday.
“We have gone back to some things in the running game that seem to be working for us,” Markuson said. “The backs and linemen are playing with confidence. We are playing more downhill. We are really progressing in some areas and we just need to keep it going.”
Arkansas and Mississippi State kickoff at 1:30 p.m. CT this Saturday. The game will not be televised.