Hogs Begin Preparations for Rebels

The Arkansas Razorbacks spent two hours on the practice fields Tuesday afternoon beginning their game plan for this Saturday's Southeastern Conference match-up against the Ole Miss Rebels.

Darkness forced the Hogs to finish practice under the lights of Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

"This was the first time for us to practice under the lights," Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt said. "It kind of messes up your routine. We're creatures of habit and we've got to do a little bit better job of finishing off tomorrow."

The Razorbacks and Rebels enter the game as two of the hottest teams in the SEC. The Hogs have won three straight including back-to-back wins over nationally ranked opponents, No. 9 South Carolina and No. 17 Auburn.

Ole Miss comes into the contest having won five straight games including last Saturday's 35-24 victory over LSU in Baton Rouge.

The Rebels are led by sophomore quarterback Eli Manning who is second in the SEC and ninth nationally in passing yards per game with 272.0 per contest.

"It's very difficult for us to simulate Manning in practice," Nutt said. "He is very cool under pressure, blitzes don't bother him. It will be tough on our defense to prepare for him and their offense. We'll use our receivers and other players to give our defense the best picture that we can."

Arkansas stands at 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the SEC, while Ole Miss is 6-1 and 3-1 in the conference. The Hogs and Rebels will kickoff at 6 p.m. from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN 2.


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