Arkansas Ready to Battle No. 17 Auburn
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks spent two hours on the practice fields Wednesday preparing for this Saturday’s conference showdown with the 17th-ranked Auburn Tigers.
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said the Razorbacks have had a good week of practice to this point, but added there is still work to be done.
“We had another good day of work,” Nutt said. “We’re working on our execution of the game plan. Auburn has some weapons. They have a good receiver in Tim Carter and Daniel Cobb has some experience at quarterback. We just need to keep working hard and maintain our focus the rest of this week.”
Nutt added that crowd noise could play a factor in the game and encouraged Razorback fans to show up early and get loud.
“We need our fans, we need our students to really set the tempo,” Nutt said. “I know it’s an early kickoff, but we need an electric atmosphere. It was tough in the Tennessee game because of the weather and the Weber State game was different because it was not originally scheduled, so we really have not had the chance to get things started the right way.
“This is a big conference game. South Carolina had trouble last week in Little Rock with the crowd noise. We’ve got more seats here in Fayetteville and we really want the fans to make it a hard place to play ball.”
The Razorbacks enter the game with a 3-3 mark overall and 1-3 in the Southeastern Conference. The Tigers are 6-1 overall and stand at 4-0 in the SEC. Auburn is ranked 17th in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ Poll.
Auburn owns a 6-3-1 mark all-time against the Razorbacks. Arkansas defeated the Tigers 34-10 in 1999 in the last meeting in Fayetteville, with the Tigers claiming a 21-19 victory last year in Auburn.
The game is slated for an 11:30 a.m. kickoff at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Jefferson-Pilot will televise the game on a regional basis.
Sports Category :