FAYETTEVILLE – The University of Arkansas football team wrapped up the week’s full practices Thursday inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The 12th-ranked Razorbacks take to Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., to face No. 7 Auburn at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Head coach Bobby Petrino, off to his best start at UA with a 4-1 (1-1, SEC) record, liked the Razorbacks’ focus leading up to this weekend’s top-15 matchup.
"I’ve liked our week of preparation," Coach Petrino said. "I think our players really understand that these are the games we’ve been working so hard to get into. For two and-a-half years now, we’ve been working for this."
Arkansas leads the Southeastern Conference and ranks third nationally in passing offense (354.0). The Razorback offense is led by quarterback Ryan Mallett, who leads in the SEC in total offense (344.8, 3rd in NCAA). Coach Petrino feels the UA squad is prepared mentally and physically for the Tigers, Arkansas’ second SEC road trip of the season.
"It’s going to take four quarters of battling, four quarters of concentration, four quarters of competing to come away the win," Coach Petrino said. "Our players are excited about it. We’ve been waiting all week long. I’ve liked the way we’ve prepared. Now it’s time to go battle."
Arkansas has won two straight games in the series against Auburn. Coach Petrino noted that the Razorbacks would need to execute short and long plays in order to win their third consecutive game over Auburn.
"It’s going to be a combination of us being patient and converting some first-and-10s," Coach Petrino said. "And then we’re going to have to hit some shots down the field and create some big plays."
The UA-AU game will be broadcast nationally by CBS Sports. For more information on Razorback football, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.