NEW ORLEANS — A change of venue today for the Arkansas Razorbacks as the New Orleans Saints take back over the Superdome for one last regular season game.
And as the team returns to their team hotel this afternoon, things are beginning to take on a Razorback feel in the downtown area.
Plane and bus loads of fans are streaming in, turning the streets from Saints black and gold to Arkansas Cardinal and White.
The team went through "perfect Thursday" on Sunday morning, the fifth practice of the bowl week, at the football practice complex of the Tulane Green Wave. Afterwards, head coach Bobby Petrino conducted a press conference, and the media had a constant theme.
What about the streaks — the Big 10’s lack of a bowl win so far and Ohio State’s bad luck.
"We have to worry about our team and our game," Petrino said. "We’re focused on this football team and the Arkansas Razorbacks."
The Southeastern Conference’s strong bowl wins yesterday got the media’s attention, and the theme continued with the Arkansas players. To a man, they remained focused on our game.
TONIGHT IN THE QUARTER:
As of 4 p.m., seats are available for tonight’s Bobby Petrino Live bowl edition. The location is Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville on Decatur — the main street leading off Canal Street into the southern edge of the French Quarter. The show begins at 7 p.m., and if you can’t be there, we will have video at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
That’s the same road Arkansas Alumni Association hosts its event tomorrow night — which is a sell out — at House of Blues and the first Arkansas pep rally takes place at the Allstate Fan Fest at 3 p.m. on Monday.
A Second Line parade for fans of both teams starts at 11:30 a.m. at Pat O’Brien’s in the French Quarter then proceeds down Royal Avenue. Local high schools will lead the way and it’s open for fans to join in the New Orleans’ tradition. Of course, at 3 p.m. is the Razorback rally at Allstate Fan Fest.
Over and over and over — no, we’re not the standard bearer for the SEC tomorrow; just the Arkansas Razorbacks ready to play Ohio State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The one fun moment came at the close of the individual interviews with players when Demario Ambrose and Ronald Watkins decided to join in on the end of freshman Zach Hocker’s press conference.