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Arkansas returns home for Ole Miss

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas returns home for Ole Miss

FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team is set to play inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium for the first time in 28 days Saturday against Ole Miss at 11:21 a.m. The Razorbacks, ranked 21st in the latest AP poll, own a series record of 30-25-1 against the Rebels, including an 8-2 advantage in Fayetteville. Head coach Bobby Petrino, off to his best start at UA with a 4-2 record, outlined the team’s focus for the week."They’re really good on defense," Coach Petrino said. "Their defensive front is big and physical. They’re going to come up and challenge us and load the box. Offensively, we face a quarterback that’s not as big and physical, but he can really run around and make plays and throw the ball down the field. We’re going to have to be on top of our game." Arkansas has continued its success moving the football this season, ranking second in the nation and No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference in passing offense (366.3). UA is second in the SEC in total offense (480.0, 10th in NCAA). The Razorbacks rank second in the SEC and 12th in the country in passing defense, allowing only 163.2 yards per game. Coach Petrino commented on the Rebel offense, noting UA’s defense will need to be ready to be quick to the football."They’re incorporating a lot of read-zone stuff and quarterback runs and more spread formations than in the past where it was more of a power running game," Coach Petrino said.Coach Petrino noted that successfully preparing for Ole Miss will hinge on staying fresh and focused this week. The Razorback defense has been prepared throughout the season, averaging 3.17 sacks per game to rank second in the conference and eighth nationally."We have to do a great job this week of being fresh physically and mentally, take care of business, get well prepared and go perform on Saturday the way we can," Coach Petrino said.The Razorback-Rebel game is set to air on the SEC Network. For more information on Arkansas football, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.



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