Head coach Bobby Petrino understands that everyone else understands, too. He said as much after practice Thursday as the Hogs ducked out of the rain to work in Walker Pavilion.
"We've had great leadership this week," Petrino said. "That's what I'm excited about. We need to come out and compete, play with a competitive spirit from the start. We understand that -- our players and our coaches. I know everyone else understands it, too.
"Now we have to go do it."
The Hogs have fallen behind in their last three victories. They trailed 35-17 against Texas A&M, by 14-7 against Auburn and then by 17-0 last week at Ole Miss.
"They don't blitz any differently than what we've seen already this year, but they blitz more," Petrino said. "And they blitz more at home from what we have seen.
"A&M blitzed an awful lot, too. They might blitz us three times in a row. We anticipate that (Vandy) will blitz a lot.
"What we have to do is make positive yards on first down. Whether that's running the ball or with the pass, we don't want to get behind the stakes on first down."
That matchup between the Arkansas wideouts and Vandy defensive backs was mentioned by VU head coach James Franklin as exciting. He said his players looked forward to the challenge. Petrino was asked about that comment.
"Our players are excited when they watch the video," he said. "It's different coaches and different scheme from last year, but it's the same players. The players know each other. We see the stats. We see the matchups. It is exciting."
Petrino was also asked if he watched the ESPN feature on Arkansas, the series Depth Chart. It first aired Wednesday night.
"I didn't see it," he said. "Everyone I know has seen it and thought it was pretty good. I've gotten good feedback."