The match-up between the No.6 Tigers (10-1, 6-1) and No. 12 Razorbacks (9-2, 5-2) is slated for 2:30 p.m. on CBS.
Arkansas is riding a five-game winning streak while LSU has won three straight and its only loss this season was a 24-17 one at Auburn.
"We are looking forward to our preparation for LSU," Petrino said. "It will be fun to go down to Little Rock with a lot at stake. I think we have 14 players on our team from Little Rock and the atmosphere ought to be real special. We just have to do a great job this week in our preparation and our practice and getting ready for another big game."
"I was proud of our team," Petrino said. "It was a hard game, the Mississippi State game. It kind of went back and forth. We did some real good things. They did some good things. It was a battle, we hung in there and I really liked what i saw on the sideline when we went to overtime - the energy, the confidence, the competitive spirit that our players had - and we found a way to win the game. i certainly feel like we took a step forward and really grew up. It was a good win for our football program."
The Arkansas-LSU series - to which the winner goes The Golden Boot - has been a highly competitive one with the Razorbacks winning two of the last three games between the two teams.
That includes a 31-30 win over LSU in Little Rock in Petrino's first season at the helm of the Razorbacks and a 33-30 overtime loss to the Tigers in Baton Rouge last season.
"I've been through two that were pretty wild and crazy and back and forth," Petrino said. "We found a way to win one and didn't win the other one. They are a good football team. They know what they are doing and they have good players. There are a lot of things you have to make sure you prepare for, but we feel like we are ready to go battle them."
Arkansas also took down the 2008 national championship LSU team 50-48 in triple overtime in November of 2007 in Baton Rouge behind the running of Darren McFadden
That's something both Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallett and tailback Knile Davis both remember seeing on TV.
"It's great for college football," Mallett said. "It's on Thanksgiving weekend with two great teams playing, and I think it's been decided in the fourth quarter for the past 10 years."
The Razorbacks will play the first half of the game without senior linebacker Anthony Leon, who punched a Bulldogs player and was ejected and thus must sit out the first two quarters per the SEC rule.
However, cornerback Isaac Madison - who had to leave Saturday's game with an apparent concussion - should be able to play per Petrino.
"I feel good after being in the training room yesterday and seeing how our guys were," Petrino said. "I think we're in good shape. There were a lot of snaps. Over 100 snaps, and that's a lot in a game. We just have to make sure that we do a good job this week in our preparation and our practice and we get freshened up."
Arkansas will have Thanksgiving together on campus and then head to Little Rock on Friday morning.
"I think it'll be easy because we usually practice on Friday morning and that gives you time to recover," Petrino added. "Our guys will do good in getting in the ice tub, extra stretching, extra recovery work. Offensively we should be fresh, we only played 60 snaps. The offense should be fresh and ready to go."
Arkansas got word Monday that tight end D.J. Williams had become the school's first Mackey Award finalist for the best tight end in the country.
He is one of three finalists and his 140 career catches are tops among active college tight ends. In fact, he is 50 receptions out in front of nearest competitor.
"He should be a finalist. He's one of the best tight ends in the country. He's obviously very productive, and I hope he keeps playing well and wins it."
He certainly has a fan in Razorback quarterback Ryan Mallett, who was not among the trio of finalists named Monday for the Davey O'Brien award - given to the nation's top quarterback.
"I'm not surprised to see him as a finalist one bit," Mallett said. "I've been here for three years now and seen how he works. I've seen him in the weight room and in practice, but when he gets on the game field he makes things happen. I don't think he's ever had a bad game since I've been here."
Razorback defender Jerry Franklin was named the SEC's Defensive Player of the Week after a 20-tackle effort against Mississippi State.
"He played really well," Petrino said of Franklin. "He was fast and physical. He really knows the game. His experience shows up. He understands formations and knows what we are going to see before the ball snaps.
"It's great to watch him over the years really learn the game of football and understand splits, back split outside the tackle, he really knows the game," Petrino said. "He's playing with a lot of confidence and doing a great job leading our defense."
The SEC also named Arkansas senior Demarcus Love it's offensive lineman of the week.
Petrino also praised young cornerbacks Darius Winston and Eric Bennett along with linebacker Terell Williams, who filled in for Leon late and sill managed six tackles.
"I thought they played well," Petrino said."Eric really grew up. He had a lot of snaps "out there by himself. He concentrated hard, played with confidence, broke on the ball, made some nice plays and did a really good job for us."
He also noted that junior safety Elton Ford played really well in splitting time with Rudell Crim.
" Ford played really hard," Petrino said. "He ran and hit and did a nice job of tackling. He's been doing that all year. It's just been a situation where we've been able to rotate him and (Rudell) Crim in there together."
Davis certainly could have earned some awards for his 30-carry, 187-yard career day against Mississippi State, one in which he had to overcome two fumbles.
"The two fumbles I definitely did not want to happen by any means," Davis said. "It gives me something to work on and polish my game even more. I love football. It's always my goal to get better."
Petrino sent Davis right back out after both fumbles.
"It just definitely showed his confidence in me. I never took that for granted. When I went back in my team told me they believed in me, and they were 100% behind me so I had to give it my all the rest of the game."
The second one occurred late in the fourth quarter and gave Mississippi State a chance to win it, but the Arkansas defense stiffened and forced a field goal that sent it to overtime.
Davis would eventually catch a 7-yard screen pass for a touchdown in the second overtime that proved to be the winning points.
"When the fumble happened (on Arkansas' final drive of the fourth quarter) we were in shock for a second," Mallett said. " Then, the defense held them to three points and we got to overtime where Jerico (Nelson) made a great play. In the second overtime we were going to be more aggressive and (on the winning touchdown pass) I was really looking for D.J., but I saw Knile for a split second and saw him get in. I thought, ‘Good for Knile, because he got to redeem himself.'"
The game ended with Tenarius Wright sacked Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf.
"Tank" as he is known, admits he came close to being off sides on the play as he jumped the snap count and got going as the ball was being snapped.
"It's a big risk jumping the snap count," Wright said. "They could freeze you and then you'd have an off sides penalty. Sometimes making big plays you have to take big risks and do things outside of the box."
Wright said there was a mental adjustment more than than physical ones in the second half of the game on Saturday night.
"There were no real adjustments, just adjustments in our attitude," Wright said. "We went out with a different attitude. We wouldn't be stopped and refused to lose. We came out and got the job done."
Mallett noted that kicker Zach Hocker came up to him after the game and apologized to him for missing a field goal in the first overtime that could have won it.
The quarterback reminded Hocker how his interceptions cost Arkansas a win over Alabama and reminded the youngster that the Razorbacks won Saturday's game.
"I told him not to worry about it, we won the game," Mallett said. "We have 100 percent confidence in him."
Davis topped the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his football career because his high school season's ended in injuries.
He noted that he feels every hit he takes on Saturday night when he gets up on Sunday morning.
"I feel pretty good," Davis said. "Thirty carries is a tough load, but I'm feeling good. It was a long game, but it turned out good."
Davis talked about the numerous downfield blocks that Arkansas' players threw in helping each other score on Saturday.
"We just played with an attitude," Davis said. "When D.J. had that screen pass we just all turned our heads and looked for color (to block). Then the one with (Jarius) Wright, Joe (Adams) made a good play to go down there and have another touchdown block. Also, Cobi Hamilton at the end (on the game-winning touchdown) when I scored he had a good block. We just went out and played with attitude. We are just a family. We look out for each other. We are a team."