That's what Troy head coach Larry Blakeney had to say Monday about whether he told radio show host Robert Booth in a private preseason conversation that his team would beat the University of Arkansas this season.
It was relayed to the public by highly respected college football expert Phil Steele, who noted the alleged boast in his blog.
"I did a show on Monday in Alabama with Robert Booth," Steel wrote. "Robert said that last week he met with coach Larry Blakeney of Troy and that Coach Blakeney told him they WILL beat Arkansas this year! He also said that in all the years that he had talked with the coach over the summer, it was the first time he had told him of a projected upset like that."
Blakeney said Monday that was simply not true.
"That is a cold-faced, bald-faced lie," Blakeney said. "I would never do that, never have done that. Let me be the first to call this gentlemen a liar. I'm not going to dwell on it, but that's not true.
"I've never said anything like that. Ever," Blakeney added. "You have to be, in my opinion, stupid to say something like that, guarantee a win over Arkansas."
Booth said Monday – in an e-mail to the Montgomery Advertiser – that it was simply a misunderstanding.
"I did not hear him say it, so it is hearsay," Booth wrote. "I'm sorry Phil thought I heard him say it. I said he was apparently pleased with his team."
Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino doesn't care whether it was actually said or not.
It will be posted in the Razorback locker room all this week as Troy (7-2) and Arkansas (5-4) prepare to meet Saturday night in Fayetteville.
Arkansas tight end D.J. Williams was surprised about the so-called guarantee.
"I'm not going to let us get caught up too much in that," Williams said. "It is kind of hard to believe an opposing coach would come out and say that about any team. But even if it did happen that is not going to change our game plan. We are going to come out just like every other week and our goal is to win – no matter whether they say they are going to win or lose because our goal is going to be the same."
Troy– who is riding a 7-game win streak since suffering a 56-6 rout at No. 1 Florida – had LSU down 31-3 at one point last season in Baton Rouge before the Tigers rallied to win.
"Obviousy they're going to come in fired up," Petrino said. "This is a big game to them. They've been playing very well." and then again, i said i am impressed with their offense and how their quarterback plays and the speed of their receivers."
So there will be no overlooking the 3-time Sunbelt Champ whose most famous alum is DeMarcus Ware, the Dallas Cowboys' All-Pro defender.
"They are a good team that produces good athletes," Williams said. "It seems like they are going to come into Fayetteville not expecting to lose. They are going to expect to win. They are athletic – like I said – and we are going to have to prepare for this week just like we have for every other week, make sure we take care of our business so we can come out of this game with a win."
The game will feature a quarterback showdown in Arkansas' Ryan Mallett (6-7, 238) – the current SEC Offensive Player of the Week – and Troy's Levi Brown (6-4, 219).
They are the two quarterbacks with the nation's longest current passing streaks without an interception.
Brown has not been picked in his last 258 throws while Mallett is riding a 123-pass string without an interception – just 11 off Clint Stoerner's school record of 134.
Brown has thrown for 2,777 yards with 15 touchdowns and 4 interceptions this season while Mallett has thrown for 2,477 yards, 18 TDs and only three picks.
"When you watch Troy on video, they're a very good football team," Petrino said. "Their quarterback is impressive. He's got a very quick release. He's accurate. The receivers are fast and they spread you all out all over the field. We've go to do a good job on defense of making sure we have tight coverage and that we rush the quarterback.
"I don't know how many sacks that will translate into because the guy gets the ball out of his hand quickly and does a nice job of not getting sacked," Petrino added.
Petrino always talks about worrying more about his team's execution.
"Offensively, we've got to be able to control the ball, control the line of scrimmage, and hit some big plays throwing the ball," Petrino said. "They are a very good football team, but we're looking forward to another good week of practice."
Petrino made it clear that he would rather have non-conference games at the start of the season.
But he also noted that he views the game with Troy just as big as any other on the schedule because of where the Razorbacks are with three games left in the regular season.
"I've never really done it before until I came here," Petrino said of the late non-conference games. It's different. But I see everyone in the conference doing it. Naturally I would rather play them early in the year where you get to build and get to play a lot of guys and get ready for the conference game.
"But the bottom line for us is, this is as big as any conference game at this point in the season," Petrino said. "So we have to do a great job of getting ready for it."
Williams said that will not be a problem – SEC foe or not.
"I wouldn't say it is like a down week for us," Williams said. "The coaches do a great job of getting us prepared and not underestimating any one. The good thing about this year – whereas last year – is our enthusiasm going into games. I am not taking anything away from Troy, but non-conference games, usually the coaches have to get us hyped up. But this year the leadership from the team has taken over that and that is just a great atmosphere to have on this team. I am glad I am a part of it."
Arkansas can become bowl eligible with a win, but Williams said it is more about finishing strong.
"We understand that if we win one we will be bowl eligible, but if we win three more it will put us in a better spot," Williams said. "It is easy to say that because every other team in the country has the same mindset. We are going to come out and first we have to win this one and then stay focused to pull out these last three games and a better bowl before the end of the year."
Petrino's main goal is to get to the bowl.
"It means that we have a chance to get better," Petrino said. "Whenever you're in a bowl game, you get to prepare for the bowl (with extra practice). You do a great job of working hard at that (winning the bowl).
"But then when those guys are done with that part of the practice, you send them with the strength and conditioining staff and then you practice your young guys and get some extra spring practice in," Petrino added. "Get to teach them the offense, teach them the defense, helps their enthusiasm getting ready for spring ball when they can compete for a spot. That's kind of the philosophy I've used with the bowl game."
Arkansas should have freshman David Gordon available to play on Saturday against Troy after getting injured against South Carolina.
"He should be ready to go," Petrino said. "He got a thigh contusion. I think what he actually did was got stepped on. Somebody's cleat stepped right on his thigh. He should be ready to go."
The Razorbacks defense got a lift last week from the play of Jerell Norton, who picked off a pass after being moved from safety to cornerback.
"Like i've said all year long, he's a guy that can really play the ball in the air and has great ball skills and can go get it," Petrino said. "I've been constantly on the defense of getting him more reps, getting him in there, and then i do understand why (missed assignments) he hasn't had as many."
Petrino also noted that Ray Dominguez got back his starting offensive tackle spoit by grading out better in practice.
Arkansas has been spectacular on offense in the red zone by scoring 33-of-34 times this season.
"Offensively, we've been able to score touchdowns and make most of our field goals," Petrino said. "I think when you can run the ball like we've been able to run it in that area, particularly in the last few weeks with some power and with the big back, that's really helped us score touchdowns inside the 10.
"Ryan has been a very good threat in our play-action game down there," Petrino added, "and then we feel good about, when we get our receivers one-on-one, we've completed nice fade routes for touchdowns. So it's a pretty good little combination, those three things."
The Razorbacks have also gotten better later at keeping teams out of the end zone.
"Defensively, I think what we've done is have a really good understanding what the other team is trying to do," Petrino said. "We've had a good plan each week to take away what they do best in that area and try to force them to beat us some other way. And then our guys have played very fast. We don't hesitate a lot when we've been down in that area."