FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team continued its postseason practices inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Wednesday leading up to the 77th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl against Ohio State in New Orleans on Jan. 4, 2011. Head coach Bobby Petrino addressed the media following the morning workout, expressing that UA team’s overall preparation has been at a high level.
"I’ve been impressed with our practices," Coach Petrino said. "The last two days I really feel like we’ve got the rust off. Our timing is getting better. Our players have done a nice job. Meetings have been going well. I think everybody is excited about who we’re playing and what bowl game we’re in, so our preparation has been very good."
No. 8 Arkansas (10-2, 6-2 SEC) finished the regular season scoring 58 touchdowns, a mark that ranks second in the Southeastern Conference and tied for 16th in the country. The Razorbacks match up against the sixth-ranked Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) in the Louisiana Superdome for the school’s first BCS bowl appearance.
Coach Petrino admitted that along with the Razorbacks’ offense, the entire team’s effort has resulted in the successful 2010 campaign.
"It’s been why we won 10 games," Coach Petrino said. "Our offense, defense and special teams have always been able to take care of each other."
As the Razorbacks’ finalize their bowl game plans, Coach Petrino noted the team is anxious to perform in the game-time environment of the Louisiana Superdome.
"As the year has went on, the road games are almost as loud as being inside in the stadiums we’ve played in," Coach Petrino said. "I’m thinking we’ll have the home crowd advantage, at least I hope we do."
The UA-OSU game will air on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. For more information on Razorback football, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.