Simply put, the No. 5 Razorbacks want to avoid a "trap game" in Starkville, Miss., and they know the Bulldogs (3-7, 1-5 Southeastern Conference) can be a dangerous team with absolutely nothing to lose.
Arkansas and Mississippi State meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Davis Wade Stadium in what historically has been a tough game since Razorbacks coach Houston Nutt arrived in 1998.
Frankly, it's been a difficult place to play for the Hogs.
"Always, always, Senior Day, always," Nutt said. "It's tough, it's tough, always been a tough game."
In 2004, Arkansas escaped with a 24-21 win. In 2002, the Hogs won 26-19. In 2000, the Razorbacks won 17-10 and in 1998, Mississippi State survived 22-21.
So, why is it such a unique game?
"It's just different," Nutt said. "It's just a little bit harder to get to, it's a little bit farther drive, it's a little bit smaller dressing room. The field is still 100 yards, the goal posts are still the same, all those things.
"The bottom line is football is football"
Arkansas already knows it's going to a bowl game, MSU knows it can't. Is this the Bulldogs' bowl?
"They're aren't thinking that way," Nutt said. "They are thinking about pride, they are thinking about having back-to-back wins, beating a ranked opponent, all those things. Seeing their seniors go out the right way.
"Bottom line is, we have to worry about our play, our execution, offense, defense, our special teams.
"Everybody play at their highest level."
Arkansas offensive lineman Jeremy Harrell said he thinks his team will be ready because there is a lot a stake.
"We have a goal to go out and win the (SEC) West," Harrell said. "That's what we'll have to do Saturday, so we just have to be focused, play hard and hopefully take the win.
"It won't be easy."
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