Confidence a big factor for Razorbacks this week
One of the biggest obstacles for Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino this week may be getting his team to believe they can defeat the Gators. Arkansas is 4-11 all-time against No. 1 ranked teams, the most recent in 2007 - a triple overtime win over LSU. But Petrino believes that back-to-back wins over Texas A&M and previously undefeated Auburn have given his team greater confidence.
"I think our confidence is better,'' Petrino said. "We've had two good games back-to-back. We've seen ourselves perform well on video. We went out and played extremely well in three phases. It will be the challenge, to really believe, everybody in the building, eveyrbody who gets on the plane, that we can go and win the game. And then play with our technique, play with our fundamentals, and match their speed. I think that'll be the key to the game.''
Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett said the Razorbacks are a much more confident team than the one that played Alabama last month (a 35-7 loss).
"We've got two wins in a row right now, so we're getting going a little bit,'' Mallett said. "We've got our work cut out for us this week, and we've got to prepare and get ready to execute. . . We're going to go out here and prepare like we're best team in the country going out to defend our title. That's how I think you've got to prepare for this one. They're a good team, so we've really got to execute on what we're supposed to be executing.''
Petrino doesn't expect to have to manufacture any extra motivation for the Razorbacks.
"You don't have to work a lot on motivation for this game,'' he said. "Our guys will be ready. They know what's at stake. It's a great opportunity to go play at their stadium, play another game on national TV. And show that we're a better football team. That's the motivation.''