Williams hails from Tulsa Union, Bennett from Tulsa Washington. They have plenty of connections in the TU starting lineup. They said they grew up with as many as 12 regulars with the 7-1 Golden Hurricane. Bennett's father, Eric, Sr., played middle linebacker for the Hurricane and recently attended TU's homecoming game.
"We are all being pretty busy right now, getting ready," said Williams, the Hogs' senior middle linebacker. "But I think there may be some texts starting Thursday night."
Williams knows what to look forward to on Saturday for the 11:21 kickoff. It will be smashmouth.
"It's about stopping the run," Williams said. "That's the big key this week. Our defense knows that's what Tulsa wants to do, run the ball. It's a very good offensive scheme, but if we stop the run, we will slow down the Tulsa offense.
"They've got a big running back, but they also have the speed backs, too."
Williams expects to get more than a few shots at the jumbo back of the bunch, 6-1, 260-pound Alex Singleton.
Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes said when Singleton comes into the game, often it's with two tight ends and an extra offensive lineman.
"When they get in the red zone, they bring him in with two tights and another offensive lineman and they pound it time after time," Haynes said. "They are going to be physical. That's what kind of game we expect."
But the Hurricane has more. Haynes calls Singleton "the bus," but he also said backs Trey Watts and Ja'Terian Douglas can deliver pain on the perimeter.
"They have that compact formation where they run straight at you with the bus," Haynes said. "They will pound you. But they will try the edge, too."
Williams said, "When Singleton comes in, I know that at some point I'm going to have to meet him in the hole. They will want to run right at us. This is going to be a lot of fun for the big guys up front in our defensive line and for our linebackers."
Bennett said he hasn't gotten any scouting reports from his father, but expects to talk to him about the game before the week is out. And despite his father's support for TU, he knows who he'll be cheering for Saturday.
"It will be for us," Bennett said. "He told me he went back to their Homecoming game at TU a few weeks ago. But he comes to our games and he'll be cheering for us."
Bennett, who said some of his ties to TU players go back to elementary school, said there may be a lot of focus on the TU running game, but the secondary will be tested, too.
"They are good at running the ball," Bennett said. "They are ninth in the nation in rushing. But they have receivers who can go up and get the ball. Yes, we'll have to come down in the box and make tackles, but we'll have to keep our eyes disciplined. They have good backs, but they are going to fake to those backs and throw the deep ball a lot."
Bennett said despite his father's ties to the Tulsa program, he did not get any recruiting offers from the school in his backyard.
"They didn't recruit me," he said. "But they are very familiar to me. I know all of their players. I grew up with some and played against a lot of the others."
Williams said he grew up going to Tulsa camps and his relationship to TU head coach Bill Blankenship goes back to middle school days.
"Coach Blankenship was head coach at Union, where I played," Williams said. "But he'd been gone for a little bit by the time I got to high school. I did get recruited by him when I went to their camps. I knew him and their coaches.
"It's a big game to a lot of us, including me. You have Bennett, Jarrett Lake and Alvin Bailey -- a lot of guys from the 918 (area code) that will have a lot of friends on the field on Saturday.
"It's still about just playing football. In the end, it's not about us. It's about going out and getting that win for the Razorbacks. We just want to get that win."
Williams said there is great respect for the Tulsa program.
"I've seen what they've done of late there," he said. "They've built up that program. I know a lot about the school. It's a great school and they play good football. They've picked it up a lot."
The Hogs are off to a good start to practices, Haynes said. He said the defensive side understands the challenge.
"Tulsa does a great job and it will be a challenge," he said. "They average 248 rushing, but they do a great job with the pass, too. But as we always talk about, it's about stopping the run.
"We have had good practices this week. They have been high energy. If there is one thing I can say about this group, give them credit because no matter the circumstances they have fought and practiced hard. The effort has not been the issue. They practice hard."