"I don't listen to that crap," Smith said. "I just focus on these guys and trying to do what we can do, what we have control of. So I don't worry about it. It's not going to be the first time. Not going to be the last time. I'm not going to have … say what they want."
Smith is under fire after his football team – which was ranked eighth in the country two weeks ago – suffered an upset overtime loss to unranked Louisiana-Monroe (34-31) and then an absolute pummeling by top-ranked Alabama (52-0).
A head coach who once talked about winning the national championship is now talking about readjusting goals.
"There comes a point, too, where you may have to readjust your goals," Smith said. "Our goal was definitely to win a league championship. But we just have to get back on track with a win. So right now, kind of a readjusting everything is (to) get better, go to the field this week and get better. Eliminate the mistakes. Go to the field, make plays and get a win."
Rutgers opened its season with a 21-10 win at Tulane and then dropped Howard 26-0 in its home opener.
The Scarlet Knights then moved to 3-0 last Thursday when they won at South Florida 23-13.
Tailback Juwan Jamison rushed a whopping 41 times for 151 yards with a 41-yard touchdown run that clinched the game.
Senior linebacker Khaseem Green is an All-American candidate and had 10 tackles against the Bulls, who made it three foes who have yet to top 100 yards rushing against the Scarlet Knights this season.
Rutgers also has a big-play threat in sophomore wideout Brandon Coleman, who is averaging 29.1 yards per catch in his career.
"Rutgers is 3-0, they're doing good," Smith said. "Offensively, they're somewhat traditional. They can throw it around and they've got some great receivers. Nice, big, good-looking targets that catch the ball. The running back is extremely good, and they've got a very, very capable quarterback without a doubt. So they're a good football team on offense, good football team on defense. They move it around a bunch on defense. and have done for several years."
Rutgers will be trying to go 4-0 for the first time since 2006 and only the fourth time since 1980.
Smith is 1-1 against Rutgers as he split a pair of games with them while head coach at Michigan State.
"I remember Rutgers as being just horrible years ago," Smith said. "… (Now) they've built a major, major program."
Arkansas will have two game plans in case Tyler Wilson is cleared to play and also one in case he is not.
"You have to narrow it down a little bit," Smith said. The only thing that may expand a little bit is when (Brandon) Mitchell comes into the game. The game plan that can kind of fit (Brandon Allen and Brandon Mitchell) is a game plan that we're not going to let (Tyler Wilson) run a portion of that. We're certainly not going to say ‘OK he's going to go out there and run option,' and things like that, where they can do that and vice versa.
"Brandon Allen would be in a situation where he can handle whatever it is we give Tyler as well on that end of the game plan," Smith added. "This is the way we look at it. You're going to have a game plan with a little extension on one end or a little extension on the other end that maybe not everybody would use."
Smith said those who practice the best this week will play.
"We've got to go to the field and prepare," Smith said. "Those that prepare the best, those that make the fewest mistakes; I mean those guys are going to play."
Defensive end Chris Smith believes his team will rebound.
"We are okay," Smith said. "We have been through adversity before. This ain't the first time. They have been a lot of teams – not just us – that have been 1-2 going into it and then finishing out well. I have always been a person that it is not how you start, but it is how you finish. That's what motto we are going by now and it all starts Tuesday like Tyler said."