"Our players are excited," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "We've had good preparations. We've had good leadership from our seniors and captains. We've had good practices and a lot of energy from day one all week. We threw and caught the ball well today and we fly around on defense.
"Now we need to go (to Little Rock) and win."
"Our captains first," he said. "Our captains have done a nice job. I think if you look at the offensive line, D-Love (DeMarcus Love) is one that is leading. On the defensive front, Adrian Davis and Malcolm Sheppard are playing their hardest and best football. They are playing real physical. I think when you look at leadership, you can lead with talk, but the best way is with your play.
"I think our leaders have done a nice job in practice this week. They have practiced hard. It's evident that they think this is an important game."
Petrino was asked about players mentioning revenge from losing last year to the Bulldogs as possible motivation.
"As coaches, we rely on preparation, getting ready, understanding the schemes and working on the game plan," he said. "I don't talk about (revenge). I do know that from early in the week, there were some players talking about that. Getting ready mentally and emotionally takes care of itself, usually. The vets take care of that."
Florida's offense runs some similar plays and foration to Mississippi State's offense. Will that help the Hogs this week against Dan Mullen's Bulldogs?
"It does help," Petrino said. "I sure hope it does help. Our defense has played well against Florida the last two years. There are a few more option plays and they have a big back in Dixon that is different from Florida. But there are similarities."
The Hogs have most of their players healthy for this trip. Nose tackle Zack Stadther, hobbled after last week's game, has made good progress and Petrino anticipates him being close to full speed against State. However, freshman cornerback David Gordon is out with a foot injury, Petrino said.
Petrino said the plan was to let the team sleep late, perhaps until 10 a.m. on Friday morning. Then, they'll have a walk through in War Memorial Stadium on Friday afternoon. Kickoff is at 11:20 a.m. on Saturday.