"Our focus has been pretty good," said Willy Robinson, defensive coordinator. "Certain areas have graded well one day and certain areas have graded better the next at certain practices. We have continued to stress effort and I think that's what has helped us.
The Hogs will face an explosive and talent-rich LSU offense. The Tigers might be battered at tailback, but the wide receivers are as good as any the Hogs have faced.
"What they have is great speed and they've also got height," Robinson said. "They've got 6-4 and 6-5 receivers. They run easy. It doesn't look like they are going that fast, but they really are. They don't look like they are gaining ground, but they are.
"That will be a great challenge for us, not just because of their speed, but because of their height, too."
Who would Robinson compare that group to that the Hogs have seen this season.
"Georgia was very good," he said. "They could really run. And, I'd say they are a lot like what we see in practice every day. Our receivers can run really well. We've got a great group to practice against."
Arkansas free safety Matt Harris isn't sure that LSU's receivers aren't better than Georgia's as a group.
"I think what Georgia had with A. J. Green was pretty good, but LSU might have more," he said. "They've got plenty of great athletes in that group at LSU. It will be a challenge to play againt this group. This is not a knock on Georgia, but I think LSU has the toughest receivers."
Harris sees plenty of excitement about the LSU game among his teammates, especially some of the Louisiana products on the team.
"Jerrico Nelson played with the quarterback in high school, was in the same backfield with him and has kept up with him," Harris said. "He's mentioned that this week. And, Ramon Broadway is from Shreveport. He's really excited to be going down there to play. He wants this game badly."
So do the rest of the Hogs. Harris said bowls have not been mentioned in team meetings, but the players don't have to talk about them to know that the Cotton Bowl is probably on the line.
"In the back of our minds, we all know that a win means a better trip," Harris said. "For me, that probably means that I can pack up a U-haul after we end practices and head to Dallas for good. That would be pretty neat. The buzz around campus has been the Cotton Bowl. But that's not what we are talking about. We just know that we need a victory this week and things are going to be set up for a better bowl trip."