How do you do that? You continue to focus on the grind of improving as individuals and constant polish of technique and skills. Petrino spoke on that again Thursday after the Hogs completed the last hard practice of the work week in preparations for Saturday night's game with Tennessee in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
"We had a good week," he said. "We've had good focus all week. We've worked to improve individual technique.
"We've focused on communication and the little things. It's clear looking back (at the South Carolina victory) that when we do that we do a lot better."
Petrino said the other major focus this week has been the senior class. There are 17 seniors finishing their on-campus career.
"It's a big game for our seniors," Petrino said. "We want to make sure that the last game here for them is successful.
"We know it's going to be a hard-fought game. We also know that the issue is how we handle ourselves. If we do things the right way, we'll be fine."
Petrino said defensive end Tenarius "Tank" Wright appears ready to play. He's been out of action since a broken forearm sustained against Alabama required surgery.
"It looks like he will be ready," Petrino said. "He did well Tuesday, there were no problems Wednesday and he was able to get more repetitions then. Unless there are problems today that I'm not aware of, he's going to play. It looked like he made it fine today. He should be good to go."
How does that change the look of the defense?
"Our depth is much better and we should be much fresher there," Petrino said. "We should be able to play faster and more physical.
"In preseason that looked like the position was going to be one of our strengths. Tank and Jake (Bequette) had gotten a tremendous amount of snaps and then we lost them for a long period of time. The guys who replaced them did a nice job, but they are good players."
Petrino was asked about the set of practices for quarterback Tyler Wilson this week.
"It's been good," he said. "This is one of his better weeks and he completed a high percentage of his passes."
Petrino was also asked about the heart of both sides of his lines, nose tackle Byran Jones and center Travis Swanson.
"I think (Byran has had a really good year," Petrino said. "He's been very productive. Even when he is not making plays, he has had a high 'factor' grade. By that, we mean he's still a factor in the play. He's getting penetration, he's moving down the line and getting involved in the play.
"We put a lot of pressure on Swanson. He's had a lot of snaps even though he's just a sophomore. He runs the show up front for us. He's a very smart football player. He does a good job at his position in both the run and the pass game. We count on him and he gives great effort."
What role will Marquel Wade have this week after sitting out a game because of suspension following an ejection at Vanderbilt?
"He's gotten some reps this week and been in the rotation," Petrino said. "We'll have to wait and see."
The Hogs have had a habit of finishing strong in November. Is that kind of a roll in progress now?
"I hope so," Petrino said. "We work hard to finish well in the weight room and in our August practices. I think we are playing better in certain areas. Our timing in the run and the pass game has gotten a lot better. But how we finish has yet to be seen."
How has Dennis Johnson been this week? The junior running back finished the South Carolina game with ice packs on his back.
"Dennis has gotten healthy," Petrino said. "He's healthy and fast. He's looked sharp all week. Ronnie Wingo has had one of his better weeks, too. He's healthy and over the toe injury."