That has been the common topic at all media interviews conducted by the Hogs and Wildcats this week. Even with three games under their built, the Hogs are still wowed by the Arlington, Texas facility.
"We've been in here a bunch over the last three years, now with the practices this week and three other games," Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson said. "I still don't think the wow factor wears off, though. It's pretty special place."
It was the first time for the Wildcats, along with new Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes.
Kansas State players said their coach played loud music for their practices in Manhattan to prepare for the noise factor.
"Coach Snyder did that," quarterback Collin Klein said. "You got tired of that. It's like a loud static tape. We hate it. But you learn to get your communications down."
There was still some awe at the sight of the stadium.
"We told ourselves that it's still 120 yards long," Klein said. "You have to get used to it, though."
Arkansas linebacker Jerry Franklin was the most animated in his descriptions at Tuesday's media event. He just stared at the lights in the Omni Hotel ball room like he was looking at the big video board in the stadium....
Haynes Headed Upstairs
Paul Haynes said final plans are still yet to be hammered out, but it looks like he'll work from the press box level for the Cotton Bowl.
"I've done it both ways and I think for this staff it might be that it's best for me to be upstairs," he said. "We'll decide that in the next few meetings, but that's the way we are leaning right now.
"The last three or four years I've been in the box, but there have been other times I've been on the field. I'm saying in the box right now, but that could change."...
Tenarius Wright was the only non-senior among the five players to come to the Arkansas session of the interviews Saturday. The other defensive players in his group -- Jake Bequette, Tramain Thomas, Jerry Franklin and Jerico Nelson -- are all seniors.
"That's why I put him closest to me in the room," said Haynes. "Tenarius is coming back. I'll miss the rest of these guys. But Tenarius is already stepping up in a leadership role. He's going to be a big leader for us. I can see that already."
Wright is ready.
"I'm set for it," he said. "Stick a knife in the steak right now for next year. I'm going to lead these guys."
Wright loves his new coach.
"He got here in perfect timing," Wright said. "We had a long gap before the bowl and it gave him a chance to start us out right. He's pushed us to change a few things. He is pushing us to be better. We are glad he's here."