Earlier this week, Fairchild was asked to give his opinion about winless North Texas, which has the misfortune of catching the Razorbacks after back-to-back losses.
Rather than giving the standard comment about playing hard and not taking any opponent lightly, Fairchild told it straight. There was no reason for him to make tonight's game sound any tougher than it should be.
"It will be a good little game to get back into the swing of things," Fairchild said.
A good little game?
None of Arkansas' players would use that phrase to describe either of their previous two games -- losses to No. 22 Alabama and No. 14
Kentucky. The Razorbacks held late leads against both teams, only to stumble down the stretch.
That's why tonight's 6 p.m. game against North Texas (0-3) in Reynolds Razorback Stadium comes at the perfect time.
In fact, Arkansas might be getting a bargain by paying the Mean Green $425,000 for a relatively meaningless nonconference game.
For that price, the Razorbacks (1-2, 0-2 Southeastern Conference) will get the chance to take out their frustrations from a two-game losing streak on a winless team that enters as a 36-point underdog.
"We need to come out here with the attitude like we're playing an SEC team and go get this win and move on from there," Arkansas fullback Peyton Hillis said. "We need to get back to .500 again and see what happens after that."
Tonight's game marks the beginning of a relatively easy stretch in the schedule that should help the Razorbacks rebound from a disappointing 1-2 start on the season.
At the same time, those frustrated fans who booed Arkansas coach Houston Nutt during last Saturday's 42-29 loss to Kentucky should have something to finally cheer about.
That $425,000, it might be money well spent.
"There is nothing like winning. That's the medicine that our team needs," Nutt said. "We're going to do everything we can to get that done."
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