The second-year Razorback coach is clearly anticipating Arkansas' Southeastern Conference opener with Georgia Saturday night inside Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium - the Hogs' first game in two weeks. With a large - perhaps sellout - crowd anticipated for the game, Petrino was asked if he's worried about his team being too anxious for the hyped contest.
"We're not worried about getting too excited or too ready," Petrino said. "We've been through this now for a year so we understand how we want to prepare. We came out and worked out extremely hard in practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tonight we came out and were sharp and crisp. We are getting used to how we want to prepare for a game.
"Tonight we need to relax and focus mentally and spend a lot of time in the training room with our strength and conditioning staff stretching, colds baths, eating properly. We all have to get great sleep tonight to get our bodies in the best possible condition it can be Saturday night."
Arkansas (1-0) is playing its first game at its on-campus home after opening with Missouri State in Little Rock on Sept. 5. While the opener was an opportunity to hit someone else, the Georgia game has been circled on calendars for some time now.
"The players are excited about it. This is something that they have invested a lot in since January," Petrino said. "All the workouts, all the spring ball, all the summer, getting up at six in the morning was all for playing games like this. We are excited to see what kind of football team we are.
"I know that we are well prepared, I know that our players understand what the game plan is and we have a good idea of what Georgia is going to do. Of course we'll have to adjust to something new because everyone always gives you something new and we did that well the last time we played. We got on the sideline and it all ran like we are more experienced and know each other better. We are ready to play."
Special teams has been an area of emphasis for Arkansas during this week's practice after struggling in certain areas in the opener. Petrino said decisions have been made on kicking game situations - punt returner, kickoff men, etc. However, he said those choices won't be revealed until the game.
He said Georgia's (1-1) special teams are "very good," and noted the Bulldogs - who returned a kick for a score and blocked an extra point in a 41-37 win over South Carolina last week - use several starters in that area.
"They have experienced guys, they play their starters, they put a lot of emphasis on it," Petrino said. "We'll find out really quick how much improvement we've made."