Hogs Ready to Battle Mississippi State in Fina
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Arkansas Razorbacks worked out for just over an hour in cool conditions going over the game plan for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The Razorbacks and Bulldogs meet this Saturday at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in a clash of Southeastern Conference Western Division rivals. Arkansas enters with a 6-3 overall record and a 3-3 mark in the SEC. Mississippi State stands at 2-6 overall and 1-5 in the conference. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. and the game will not be televised.
Razorback head coach Houston Nutt said he was pleased with the team’s preparation this week as they head into their final home game of the 2001 season.
“We had a good mental day of work,” Nutt said. “We have had a good week from the players. We worked hard on our kicking game. Mississippi State has good speed on special teams and we need to be ready for that.”
Nutt added that although Mississippi State is out of bowl contention, the Hogs are expecting a hard-fought contest on Saturday.
“It seem like it has always been a close, tough ballgame,” Nutt said. “It’s two very physical teams, two very athletic teams and it always comes down to the wire.”
Nutt also said that crowd support would play a huge part in the game.
“We really need a great crowd this weekend,” Nutt said. “They play a tremendous part in the game. We really need out students to be vocal. They always bring a lot of energy. Our seniors really need their support because this is their last home game and they have done a great job of holding this team together.”
The Razorbacks and Bulldogs have met 11 times with the series tied at 5-5-1. Arkansas has won the last two meetings including last year’s 17-10 overtime victory in Starkville.
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