Razorbacks Gear Up for Game Against Fourth-ran
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Cold temperatures and a constant drizzle forced the Razorbacks to take practice indoors to the Willard and Pat Walker Pavilion for 100 minutes on Tuesday. Arkansas is coming off of an open date and it has now turned its attention to preparing for the fourth-ranked Auburn Tigers.
“We appreciate this indoor facility and from what Dean (Weber) told me it’s going to be 75 or 80 degrees there, so we wanted to get in some good quality work,” Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt. “We did a lot of work against each other to get the speed of the game. I thought our guys had a real good concentration level and we’ve got to have the same thing every day, because we’re going to be playing one of the best teams in the country.”
Nutt has been impressed with the Auburn team and he is getting his Hogs ready for Auburn’s tough defense. The Razorbacks depend on the run to score with 15 of their touchdowns coming from the ground this season, but they will also need to get points from their passing game.
“Its defense is real stingy and they haven’t given up a rushing touchdown in 29 quarters,” Nutt said. “They’re probably given up about 6.3 points a game, so they’re not giving up much defensively.
The Arkansas defense will have to focus on stopping the Tigers’ powerful running backs, Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown. This duo has helped Auburn average 198 yards per game.
“Offensively, they’re playing the best they’ve played since Jason Campbell has been the quarterback,” Nutt said. “He has two great running backs to hand the ball to and he has some receivers that are very physical. It’s going to be an all day type ball game and we just want to be there for four quarters.”
Arkansas and Auburn will take to the field at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 16, in Auburn, Ala. The game is being nationally televised on CBS.
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