FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Bobby Petrino has fully embraced the
high hopes and expectations surrounding Arkansas football this
At booster club meetings across the state, and during a recent media appearance in Little Rock, the Razorbacks' football coach hasn't shied away from using the word "championship." His assistant coaches and players have done the same, fueling the appetite for a fan base that's grown a bit fanatical after the school's first BCS bowl game last season.
Arkansas was picked to finish third in the Southeastern Conference West Division, and it's expected to be on the cusp of the top 10 when the preseason polls are released. Petrino and his assistants will have their first chance to see just how realistic their expectations are when the Razorbacks open practice on Thursday.