Razorback Week 1 pregame notes; SEC schedule

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NO. 17 ARKANSAS BEGINS THIRD SEASON OF PETRINO ERA

The Razorbacks begin their 116th season of football at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville against Tennessee Tech at 6 p.m., Sept. 4. Head football coach Bobby Petrino begins his third season at the helm. In 2009, Coach Petrino led the Razorbacks to an 8-5 overall record, including a win in the 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. The bowl victory was the first for the program since 2003.Arkansas enters the 2010 season ranked No. 17 in the AP preseason poll. The mark is the highest preseason ranking for the program since 1990 (No. 14).
The Razorbacks begin their 2010 campaign looking to pick up where last year’s squad left off. UA finished the 2009 season winning five of its last six games, including the AutoZone Liberty Bowl triumph.
Arkansas has won 20 of its last 25 season-opening contests. The Razorbacks are 90-22-4 (.793) all time in season openers, including nine consecutive season-opening victories from 1997-2005. Arkansas saw its streak snapped against Southern California in 2006, but rebounded to win the season opener each of the last three years.
Coach Petrino has never lost a season opener as a head coach (6-0). His teams have averaged 35.5 points in the first game of the season and have limited opponents to 16.7 points per game:

TV
The game will be available via pay-per-view. Scott Inman (play-by-play), Jimmy Dykes (color) and Quinn Grovey (sideline) will call the game.

RADIO
The Razorback Sports Network team of Chuck Barrett (play-by-play), Keith Jackson (color) and Quinn Grovey (sideline) will broadcast the contest. The pre-game show begins three hours before kickoff. There is also a 60-minute show following the conclusion of the game.

SATELLITE RADIO
Arkansas football can be heard on Sirius and XM Radio. The channels are 220 (Sirius) and 199 (XM).
2010 Arkansas Schedule

September 4Tennessee Tech (PPV) 6 p.m.
Sept. 1 Louisiana-Monroe (LR) (FSN) 6 p.m.
Sept. 1 at Georgia* (ESPN or ESPN2) 11 a.m.
Sept. 25 Alabama* TBA
October 9 vs. Texas A&M+ TBA
Oct.16 at Auburn* TBA
Oct. 23 Ole Miss* TBA
Oct. 30 Vanderbilt* TBA
November 6at South Carolina* TBA
Nov. 13 UTEP. TBA
Nov. 20 at Mississippi State* TBA
Nov. 27 LSU*(LR) TBA

All times central (LR) game in Little Rock (HC) Homecoming+Arlington, Texas

Arkansas finished 6-1 at home in 2009 and won each of its last five games to do so. The home win streak is tied for the third-longest in the SEC and the 15th-longest in the nation.


This Week in the SEC (Times in CST)
Sept. 2
S. Miss at South Carolina, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sept. 4
Miami (OH) at Florida, 11 a.m. (ESPN)
Louisiana-Lafayette at Georgia, 11:21 (SEC)
Kentucky at Louisville, 2:30 p.m. (ABC)
Jacksonville St. at Mississippi, 2:30 p.m. (CSS)
Tennessee Tech at Arkansas, 6 p.m. (PPV)
San Jose State at Alabama, 6 p.m. (PPV)
UT-Martin at Tennessee, 6 p.m. (PPV)
Memphis at Mississippi St., 6 p.m. (ESPNU)
Arkansas St. at Auburn, 6 p.m. (FSN)
Northwestern at Vanderbilt, 6:30 p.m. (CSS)
LSU vs. North Carolina, 7 p.m. (ABC)

VS. FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION
This season, Arkansas is one of the 11 teams from the Southeastern Conference to have an opponent from the Football Championship Subdivision on its 2010 schedule. Three league schools begin play against an FCS opponent this season (Ole Miss vs. Jacksonville State and Tennessee vs. Tennessee Martin).

THE TEAM
Arkansas’ leaders in each of the following departments are projected to return to the 2009 squad: passing, rushing, receiving, total
offense, scoring, all-purpose yards, tackles, sacks, interceptions, pass break ups, quarterback hurries, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries, kickoff returns, punting, field goals, punting and blocked punts.
Arkansas is poised to return nine starters on offense and seven on defense. Arkansas should return a total of 40 players who made at least one start in 2009 (22 on offense and 18 on defense). In 2008, the Razorbacks returned 32 players who had made at least one start from the previous season.

HOGS AT HOME
The chart below shows where the Razorbacks finished nationally as a team and individually in numerous categories in 2009 in HOME games only:

Points per game (46.7) 5th
Touchdowns (44) T1st
Points (327) 1st
Passing Yards (2,473) 3rd
Passing Yards/Game (353.3) 4th
Passing Touchdowns (23) 2nd
Yards per Play (6.7) 7th
Mallett - Quarterback Rating (191.87) 1st*
Mallett - Yards per Pass Att. (11.2) 1st
Mallett - Passing Yards (2,286) 3rd
Mallett - Passing Touchdowns (21) T4th
Mallett - Passing Yards/Game (326.6) 5th
Mallett - Total Offense/Game (330.9) 7th
Adams - Receiving Touchdowns (6) T11th
Adams - Avg. per Rec. (20.53) 14th

In 2005, Louisville’s Brian Brohm led the nation in quarterback rating in home games only (194.89). Bobby Petrino was the head coach at Louisville from 2003-06

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