"I've seen a lot of Ohio State," Petrino said. "We've been working to get our plans and we'll continue to game plan. Our practices right now are going to be about half on fundamentals and techniques and then about half on Ohio State."
Petrino said he knows what to expect from the Buckeyes and the keys to the game.
"They are very sound on defense, very sure of what they are doing," he said. "They know their scheme and they know what they are trying to do to the other team. The players are very well coached.
"We'll have to take care of our end of it, blocking their front. We'll have to block them so we can run it and then make sure that Ryan Mallett has time to throw.
"Defensively, we have to stop the run game first. They are going to try to run it. After that, then we can try to pressure the quarterback.
"I think it would be good if we can get the lead, that would help us a lot."
Petrino met with the media after Thursday's workout, a two-hour affair inside Walker Pavilion. The Hogs worked the regulars for about 90 minutes and then coaches conducted another segment to get young players time."
"It was good to get back out there," Petrino said. "Finals are over and I think our players did a good job. It was good to get back at it and try to knock off some of the rust."
Petrino said the team will practice Thursday and Friday while coaches complete the final phases of building the game plan, take Sunday off and then resume practices on Monday.
"When we come back next week, that will be like a game week," Petrino said. "We'll install it all then. Then, we'll send them home for Christmas and then get back together at the bowl site."
This was the first time Petrino has met with the media since agreeing to a 7-year contract extension that features three years of mutual buyouts over $17 million.
"The reason the big buyouts are in place so there won't be any questions next December," Petrino said. "When names come up (about job openings) everyone will understand that I'm going to be at Arkansas."
Petrino said he's tried to make it clear "to all of you" in the media that he likes everything about his three years at Arkansas.
"That's how you get to (this contract), what's happened the last three years," he said. "You get to see what it's like inside the university, then the commitment both to the other programs in the athletic department, but to football. They are going to build what we need. And then it's about the competition. It's certainly tough, but it's at the highest level of football."
Petrino said his wife, Becky, played a role in the decision. He emphasized that it "wasn't a hard decision."
There were a few questions about on-the-field situations, including thoughts about replacing three senior offensive linemen next year. Petrino was asked how young offensive linemen are developing.
"That's still a little early, but we have some experienced players that I think will be ready," he said. "Grant Freeman has played some and played well at the two tackle spots. Then inside, we have Alvin Bailey, Grant Cook, Travis Swanson and Seth Oxner who all have experience. The biggest concern would be at the other tackle spot. We've got to find one more tackle."
Petrino was asked about Anthony Oden, the 6-8, 320-pound sophomore tackle. Oden played in the first two games, but went out with mononucleosis.
"Oden is not in school right now," Petrino said. "He had complications from mono and couldn't keep up with school. He should be back at the start of the second semester and will have a chance to compete in the spring."
Petrino later added that Oden was "very sick in the fall" and had "issues with his stomach" after the early bout with mono.
There were also questions about the development of the quarterbacks. It's expected that Mallett will declare for the NFL draft after this season, although that was not addressed Thursday.
"These practices have been great for our other quarterbacks," Petrino said. "Tyler Wilson has a lot more confidence and he's playing well. He's getting a lot of reps.
"Brandon Mitchell got a bunch of reps today. He's throwing the ball a lot more accurately and has more confidence. He just needs to continue to get his accuracy down so he can be successful on third downs. That will be the big key for him. If he can do that, he'll have a chance to compete for the job in the spring."
Petrino added that Jacoby Walker is getting work, too. Walker sustained a knee injury that required ACL surgery after spring practice.
"He's not back where he was at the end of spring, but he's doing well," Petrino said. "He's still got a ways to go but he'll probably be there by the time we get to spring ball."
Petrino also praised walkon Brian Beuhner, a 5-11 freshman. He called Beuhner a "very good runner."