Two days following the team's 52-41 Southeastern Conference opening loss to Georgia, Razorback players lamented missed opportunities in the nationally televised match-up, but seemed confident all isn't lost heading into a contest with No. 3 Alabama.
"We came back Sunday ready to go," Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett said. "We're hungry. That's a lot different than last year, and you can see it. After the game, it was a lot different than last year as far as emotions. It hurt a lot more this year because we put so much into it. But now it's time to get ready to go play Alabama."
The Razorbacks (1-1, 0-1 SEC) are looking to snap a dubious streak heading into Tuscaloosa. Arkansas has lost its next conference game after its first conference loss in each of the last 13 years.
What would seem to make matters worse is the fact the Hogs put a lot of time into planning for Georgia – eight months, in fact. No matter the frustration, Razorback players haven't lost their confidence.
"It's not hard (to move onto Alabama)," Mallett said. "You've got to do it every week now. We're in the SEC. We're playing SEC games and every team in the SEC is going to be a hard game, and you've just got to come back and get ready to fight."
Mallett and Arkansas' offense have little to be discouraged about and plenty to build on. The Razorback offense put up 485 yards on the Bulldogs' defense and ranks second nationally in yards per game. It was the defense that was questioned the most in the weekly press conference, but Mallett said that was unfair.
"The defense is going to be fine," Mallett said. "I think Georgia executed real well. The defense knows that they've got to come along, and we've got to keep coming along, too. It's a team sport. It's not offense versus offense. There are three phases to the game and to win the ball game, you've got to win all three of them."
Arkansas' defense gave up 530 yards to the Bulldogs, including 375 through the air. Razorback sophomore defensive end Jake Bequette said things have to improve on the front end of the defense in order to bring those numbers down against the Crimson Tide.
"We were in a position to make plays. The effort was there," Bequette said. "However, on some of the big plays we just didn't get the job done. We just need to keep coming with the pass rush.
"I like the way we attacked in practice Sunday. We had a good conditioning session. I personally thought we had a better practice later. We did well in the film room where we really evaluated what went wrong on Saturday."