Two days after the Razorbacks (3-3, 1-2) snapped their three-game losing streak with a 25-22 win at Auburn, they carried some swagger into preparation for Kentucky (4-2, 0-2).
"We're going to go in, we're going to do what we did against Auburn," Arkansas defensive tackle Zach Stadther said Monday. "I'd just hate to be Kentucky this Saturday."
Arkansas cornerback Ramon Broadway — who started his first game against the Tigers — likened the new feeling around the program to the 2006 team.
That season, Arkansas was embarrassed by Southern California in the opener, but rebounded to win 10 straight en route to the SEC Western Division championship.
If Arkansas is to duplicate the feat, it must turn in another strong road performance. The Wildcats opened the season with four wins but have lost two straight.
The Razorbacks haven't had much success against the Wildcats. Arkansas has lost three of the past four games, including last season's 42-29 loss in Fayetteville.
But Broadway said the Hogs are confident they can use the Auburn win as a springboard for the remainder of the season.
"After Saturday was over, we started listening to the scores and stuff like that," he said. "And we have a chance. No doubt about it. We believe that and that's what we're fixing to run with. We're fixing to get this thing rolling man, and we're going to try to go undefeated here on out."
Smith Moves Past Fumble
Before scoring on a 63-yard touchdown run to beat Auburn, the play that Arkansas running back Michael Smith was perhaps most known for came in last year's loss to Kentucky.
Smith, then a backup behind star running backs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, fumbled as Arkansas tried driving downfield to add another score before the end of the first half.
Kentucky cornerback Trevard Lindley scooped up the fumble and returned it 66 yards to cut Arkansas' lead to 20-14 at halftime. The play gave the Wildcats momentum that carried them to a win in Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
"I'm often reminded that I had a fumble that turned the game back to Kentucky. But I'm not really worried about it right now," Smith said. "It's a new year with a different role. I'm just excited about being able to go out there this week."
Smith has put last year's fumble in the past to rush for 599 yards in five games as a starter this season. But he admitted that students on Arkansas' campus occasionally remind him of the play.
"Everybody has good things and bad things to say with anything that goes on," Smith said. "So it's not a big deal."
Not surprisingly, a pair of Arkansas players were honored for the team's dominant performance at Auburn last Saturday.
Smith was named the SEC's offensive player of the week after rushing 35 times for a career-high 176 yards and one touchdown. His lone score came on a 63-yard run with 8:50 remaining that proved to be the go-ahead touchdown.
"I want to start off saying it was an honor to be SEC player of the week," said Smith, who's now the conference's leading rusher with an average of 119.8 yards per game. "I don't take that lightly."
Arkansas defensive end Adrian Davis was named the SEC's defensive lineman of the week, even though he didn't get the start the game at Auburn.
The junior became the first SEC player to record three sacks in a game this season, and he also forced a fumble and intercepted a pass in the win. He finished with four tackles.
Ole Miss Broadcast Info
There's plenty of intrigue in Arkansas regarding the Ole Miss game on Oct. 25, which will feature former coach Houston Nutt's return to Fayetteville.
But it wasn't enough for the game to be picked up by Raycom Sports, ESPN, ESPNU or CBS.
The SEC announced its TV schedule for Oct. 25 and the Arkansas-Ole Miss game wasn't included. Instead, the Razorbacks announced that the game will be shown on pay-per-view and kickoff has been set for 6 p.m.
The other SEC games that will be televised that day include: Alabama at Tennessee (CBS or ESPN), Georgia at LSU (CBS or ESPN), Kentucky at Florida (Raycom) and Middle Tennessee at Mississippi State (ESPNU).
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