He mentioned a lot of the same things to the media gathering, but made clear the his team – that was ranked eighth in the country to start September has a simple single goal in mind at this point for October.
"We've got one goal and that's to go get a win," Smith said. "And at this point, that's the only thing we should be thinking about. You know all this other stuff, the hypes and all that stuff, and all this and all that are all gone, So let's worry about getting a win."
The Razorbacks (1-4, 0-2) – off to their worst start in 20 years – will try to do just that at Auburn (1-3, 0-2) Saturday in a game that has an 11 a.m. kickoff.
Tight end Chris Gragg, cornerbacks Kaelon Kellybrew and Tevin Mitchel and safety Eric Bennett have not been cleared to play to this point while Rohan Gaines and Dennis Johnson should be good to go in practice this week per Smith.
Mitchel is still out due to complications from his gallbladder surgery and is not expecting back this week, but the others at least have a chance to play against the Tigers.
"We're optimistic, but we'll have to wait and see," Smith said on the ones needing clearance. "…We're keeping our fingers crossed hoping that they'll get there."
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson believes it will be a match-up of two teams – among six in the SEC that have started league play 0-2 - playing with a sense of urgency to win.
"I think the matchup is going to be very interesting," Wilson said. "Both teams have a little bit to prove. I think the environment will be great. It always is down there. They have a great fan base, great support. I know we are going to go down there and give it our best."
Auburn has losses to Clemson (26-19), at Mississippi State (28-10) and to visiting LSU (12-10) with an overtime win over Louisiana-Monroe (31-28) and an off date last weekend tossed into the equation.
"As I look at Auburn, definitely their strength is on the defensive side of the ball," Smith said. "Offensively they've not produced at I'm sure what they would like to produce at this point. As I look at them overall, they're a very, very skilled football team as all Auburn teams are. I mean, they have athletes. They have big, good looking guys that can all run."
Smith indicated that since the Auburn offense and Arkansas defense had both struggled this season, Saturday might be a good matchup for both.
…What they've done offensively to this point, is, I'm sure, not what they want to do," Smith said. "But we look at it and say, ‘Maybe that's a decent matchup for us this week.'"
The Tigers' starting quarterback is sophomore Kiehl Frazier, the former Shiloh Christian quarterback. He has struggled this season, but is the type of mobile signal caller that has give the Razorbacks fits this season.
Auburn has averaged less than 300 yards of total offense per game this season while Frazier has just two touchdown passes and seven interceptions.
"He's a great athlete," Arkansas defensive tackle Alfred Davis said. "Quarterbacks like that, you have to find a way to contain them. And the quarterback last week was a scrambler ... The guy from Rutgers didn't run as much, but he was a great athlete. And ULM, same situation where they had great a scrambling quarterback.
"That's something we'll have to deal with this week," Davis added. "We'll have to try to find ways to keep him in the pocket and check him on bootlegs and reverses and stuff like that. Things that he can get outside of the pocket and make plays with his feet on, we'll just have to find a way as a defense to control him."
The Auburn defense is giving up over 419 yards per game, but is viewed as the strength of their team.
"Auburn has a good defense," Wilson said. "They've got a really good defense. We're going to have to prepare, work hard. They disguise some things. They don't just line up and run it. They don't just sit back in coverage. So we're going to have to be on our toes this week."
Arkansas has a potent offense that can put up lots of yardage, but has struggled in the red zone this season.
"I think our inability to run the ball has hurt us down there," Smith said. "We have to take it to heart and we have to kick our offensive linemen in the tail to take it to heart that we've got to become better in the red zone at running the football. That being No. 1.
"The other thing is we can't make a mistake down there and come away without points," Smith added. " When we get down there we've got to get points on the board, whether it be by field goals or by touchdowns. Again it comes back to being consistent and don't make a mistake, particularly at that point."
Smith said it was more about Arkansas stopping itself than the opposing team doing so.
"Believe me, we are somewhat and have been our worst enemy, you know?" Smith said. "We've got to realize that as coaches and as a team, and say, ‘OK, we're going to take care of ourselves, and we're going to fix this' and it's our consistency and our mistakes."