"It's kinda like the approach when you have someone who fumbles," he said Sunday at Cotton Bowl media day. "Sometimes you just have to stop talking about it. We stopped talking about the slow starts and then we didn't have slow starts anymore.
"I've been impressed with our football team in our bowl practices. We challenged them to practice hard, the right way. We've gotten a lot out of our bowl practices.
"It's been a little different. We had to send them home for Christmas and then come back for four days before coming down here. All in all, they've handled all of it well."
As far as eliminating the slow start from last year's Sugar Bowl, Petrino said, "We'll find out Friday night. We've worked hard in our meetings and practiced well. The big thing is for us to send our seniors out right and get to 11 wins for the first time in a long time. It's a great bowl matchup and a big game."
Offensive guard Grant Cook said, "I think the plan from our coaches on how to get ready has been good. I think all of the players have done things right. We have been ready for our practices. They've gone well. We've worked extremely hard."
Two Hogs Out
Bobby Petrino was asked if there were any ineligible Razorbacks. He didn't exactly confirm that, but he did say wide receiver Maudrecus Humphrey and linebacker Jarrett Lake "are not with the team" for the bowl game.