The Razorbacks are looking for their second victory of the season as they make the journey to Auburn on Saturday afternoon.
The face off against former head coach Chad Morris comes one weekend after Arkansas broke its Southeastern Conference 20-game dry streak. There is a lot for the team to prove, with many of the players on the team only having the one SEC win under their belt.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a problem,” Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman said in a press conference on Monday, “I am going to show them why we won. We always have a good, bad, and ugly video that we show the team.”
Pittman also expressed that he is not going to let the win distract him from the challenges ahead.
“We put the game to bed in the first half of our meetings and (we) will get to work and talk about what we need to do to beat Auburn,” Pittman said.
Junior free safety Joe Foucha and junior linebacker Bumper Pool both had breakout performances in the game against Mississippi State. The two Razorbacks were awarded with SEC Co-Defensive players of the Week, the first time a Razorback has received this award since Martrell Spaight in 2014.
Foucha tacked on two interceptions against K.J. Costello of the Bulldogs, who set the SEC single game passing record just one week before against LSU. Pool put up an impressive 20 tackles, seven of which were solo, and defended off two passes.
The two defenders will likely play a large role in the team's hopeful success against Auburn this weekend.
Auburn is coming off a loss to the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs in which the Tigers did not find the endzone a single time, and managed only two field goals.
Auburn offensive coordinator Chad Morris was the head coach of the Razorbacks for two years before Pittman took over.
“I’m going to be honest with you, it’s just another football game,” Pittman said when asked if some of the players harbor pent up feelings about Morris, “We will not mention that Morris was the head coach here, some probably loved him, and others probably did not. We’re going to take a business approach and go out and do our best.”
With a slew of injuries against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday, Pittman said that at least two injured Razorbacks, senior running back Rakeem Boyd and sophomore wide receiver Treylon Burks, will be back at practice, and most likely ready to go for gameday.
Arkansas redshirt senior quarterback Felipe Franks completed 20 of 28 passing attempts for two touchdowns and 212 yards, one of the more impressive quarterback performances in recent Razorback history.
With offensive coordinator Kendal Briles’s quick approach, the time of possession has been low, but fruitful.