NEW ORLEANS – The University of Arkansas football team took to the Louisiana Superdome for practice on Thursday in preparation for the 77th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl against Ohio State on Jan. 4. Head coach Bobby Petrino addressed the media following the workout at the Marriott at the Convention Center in the afternoon, admitting to the Razorbacks excitement for the school’s first BCS appearance.
"This is a big deal for us and certainly for our fans," Coach Petrino said. "I think that’s the thing that’s been really fun for me is to be able to see our fan base come together and support us like no where I’ve ever been."
The eighth-ranked Razorbacks (10-2, 6-2 SEC) face the No. 6 Buckeyes (11-1, 7-1 Big Ten) in Arkansas’ 38th postseason appearance in school history.
Coach Petrino noted how pleased UA’s coaching staff has been with the team’s practice sessions so far in New Orleans.
"Today was a little more focused toward Ohio State but again continue to do personal technique and fundamentals," Coach Petrino said. "Tomorrow we’ll start our preparation. We’re healthy. We look good out there. We’re running around. We’re fast."
Following practice, Arkansas held team and position meetings before an evening dinner for the entire squad and staff.
The UA-OSU game will air on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. For more information on Razorback football, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.
Fans are encouraged to check ArkansasRazorbacks.com to follow all the team activities from New Orleans as the team prepares to play in the Sugar Bowl.