Rise And Fight

After giving his team a couple of days without practice to regroup from a tough loss, University of Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino expects his team to respond in strong fashion during off week and be ready for Southwest Classic showdown with Texas A&M.

Lay here and bleed, Rise and Fight.

That's what University of Arkansas head football coach Bobby Petrino has in store for his team after losing 24-20 to No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.

The Razorbacks did not practice on Sunday and Monday, but will take the field today for three days of practice on this open date.

"It kind of reminds me of that saying that I heard one time – and I don't remember who said it – let me lay here and bleed awhile, but I will rise and fight again," Petrino said on his coach's show. "That's what we will do as a football team. There is no doubt that we will be back. We have a lot of character, we have tremendous leadership and really when we come around and start practicing on Tuesday, we will be excited to get going."

The Razorbacks already knew where and who they would play next, but found out Monday when they would do so.

ABC selected the Arkansas-Texas A&M game for its 2:30 p.m. national slot on Oct. 9.

It will be the second annual Southwest Classic held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington and a rematch of last year's game in which the Razorbacks routed the Aggies 47-19.

"It is an exciting thing for us and we love going down there," Petrino said. "Last year it was like a bowl atmosphere. We went in there and did our walk through early to get the wow effect out of it because when you looked around it was like ‘man, this place is something else.'

"We'll look forward to it," Petrino said. "I know our players are excited to go down there and it should be a great football game."

Texas A&M is 3-0 this season heading into a Thursday night game at Oklahoma State that will be televised by ESPN.

The Razorbacks' youngsters will see extra work this week according to Petrino, who will give his team the weekend off.

"We will practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and do our normal preparation for a game and then keep the young guys out and get them a lot of reps and some video they can study," Petrino said. "We'll give them Friday and Saturday off, come back Sunday and have real good meetings and a good game plan practice for Texas A&M."


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