"As a coach, I always focus on the last game and the next game," Pelphrey said. "You don't have the ability to put it past that."
Pressed a little further if the next "eight games are the most important," he was tried to cover it a little better.
"If you think that way, it's not true," he said. "Regardless of what happens this week, there will always be next week.
After a big victory at Vanderbilt to cap a 2-0 week in the SEC, the Hogs lost home games to Georgia and Mississippi last week to fall to 4-5 in the league as the Hogs head on the road for a Wednesday night game at Mississippi State. Pelphrey didn't have to be told the Hogs have not won in Starkville since 2000 season. He brought it up to start his press conference Monday.
"Obviously, it's been a very difficult place for us to play," he said. "It's a good environment and (MSU) has been good during that time."
He then referenced the Vandy trip.
"We are going to get to work and hope to perform as well as we did the last time we were on the road."
Pelphrey gave the Hogs a day off from practice Sunday. He said he expected both Marshawn Powell (tweaked ankle at the shootaround Saturday) and Rotnei Clarke (tweaked ankle during the Ole Miss game) to be available, but he noted that freshman guard Rickey Scott is still out with a knee injury. Scott will have his knee checked again before the trip to Starkville. Pelphrey said Scott's status is more geared towards getting him ready to resume practice Thursday than to play Wednesday night.
A snow storm is in the Wednesday forecast for most of Arkansas, but Pelphrey said the travel plans for the trip to Starkville should be fine.
"I don't think getting out will be the problem," he said. "I think getting back might be the problem."
Pelphrey said the roller coaster the Hogs have been riding during the SEC season is "a lot like life. Athletics is an emotional ride and so is the work place. There are times in business that someone is up at one point and down very soon after that. We had a good week, followed by a bad week. We have to focus on getting better. We will get better.
"In athletics you make a couple of turnovers in a row, you miss a shot or two or you get a bad call from the referee, you have to stay on an even keel.
"There were times against Georgia that we played well and we fought and got back in that game, but we didn't make quite as many plays as we did the week before. We didn't play well enough against Ole Miss. But in both of those games, you have to credit the other team, too. A play or two here or there and things might have been different. We do have things to work on."