Monday Grid Update, 11/11

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema, whose Razorbacks (3-7, 0-6) will host Mississippi State (4-5, 1-4) at 11:21 a.m. in Little Rock, on Saturday, Nov. 23, talks about his plans for the team and his staff during this bye week.

Arkansas will once again play morning football on Nov. 23 when it hosts Mississippi State at 11:21 a.m. at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium.

The SEC Network will televise the game with the Bulldogs (4-5, 1-4), which is the finale for the Razorbacks (3-7, 0-6) inside the state this season.

It will be the fourth morning game of the season for the Razorbacks, who have tied a school record by losing seven straight games in one season and have a bye this weekend.

"Our kids don't give up, they just fight to the end and at some point are going to be reward for it, but it is frustrating," Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said after Saturday's 34-24 loss at Ole Miss.

"…But as a coach, you can't get so bogged down with the negativity and the losses that you lose sight of the growth," Bielema added.

"I think the best thing for us is that we will go on the road recruiting, which still remains very positive," Bielema added. "I think we have a great group of people here."

He pointed to the positive of having five official visitors – all four-star prospects – during the last home game with Auburn.

"We had five or six official visit kids that had a great weekend, which shows you how positive Arkansas can be even in the time of defeat," Bielema said.

The bye week is the second this season for Arkansas, who played the first eight weeks without a break.

Bielema broke down how he will practice the team this week.

"The last one (bye week) that we had actually fell on fall break and by NCAA rules there are a few things that you can do differently," Bielema said. "But this week we don't have the luxury of that. We'll work the kids Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

"Saturday we will give them off and then come over Sunday and get a good jump on Mississippi State with our 70-man travel roster," Bielema added.

"We will have a great developmental practice on Tuesday and probably have of Wednesday as well, too," Bielema continued. "We want to keep those guys going in the right direction."

Mississippi State (4-5, 1-4), just off a 51-41 loss at Texas A&M, hosts No. 1 Alabama on ESPN Saturday at 6:45 p.m.

Quarterback Dak Prescott, whose mother passed away earlier in the week after a year-long battle with colon cancer, rushed 16 times for 154 yards and completed 14-of-26 passes for 149 and two scores in the loss to the Aggies.

The Bulldogs scored two touchdowns in the final seven minutes after Texas A&M went up 51-27.

Prescott has passed for 1,393 yards and rushed for 558 yards this season.

Arkansas' season finale will be at LSU on Friday, Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m.

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The Razorbacks will show off their $40 million Fred W. Smith Center to the public this Saturday.

Razorback Foundation members can enter at 10 a.m. while others may tour the facility from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Per an Arkansas release, the event is free of charge and open to the public for a self-guided tour. Fans can pre-register for the open house online via the ticket link at

After clicking on the ticket link, fans should select Buy Tickets (Please note, no charge will be applied) and then select the Fred W. Smith Football Center Open House to gain access to the free "Print at Home" tickets.

Fans who pre-register will still be required to report to the Walker Pavilion, but will be able to proceed directly to the tour. Walk ups are permitted, but will be required to complete the registration process before taking part in the tour.

Please note, all fans attending the open house should first report to the Walker Pavilion for registration prior to the tour. The main entrance of the Walker Pavilion is located on the west side of the building along Razorback Road. Parking is available in university lots along Razorback Road.

Tusk, the live mascot of the Arkansas Razorbacks, will also be on hand for the open house. Following the Saturday open house, the women's basketball team will host Furman at Bud Walton Arena at 1 p.m. Tickets for the game are available at

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