LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Bobby Petrino has never shied away from
talk of winning a national championship at Arkansas.
The Razorbacks coach believes the Southeastern Conference
provides the perfect springboard for winning a title. It's a belief
backed by the last five BCS national champions, all of them from
Petrino, speaking at the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday,
was asked what Arkansas' blueprint is for winning the school's
championship since 1964. The coach looked around the room, saw a
group of friendly faces and had a little bit of fun.
And he did so at the Big Ten's expense -- to the roaring approval
of the estimated audience of 700.
"We need to get to Atlanta and win the SEC championship game,"
Petrino said. "And then history shows that you go to a national
championship bowl game and draw one of those slow schools from the north and you beat them."
The SEC's national title streak includes two wins against Big
Ten member Ohio State -- which lost to Florida in 2007 and LSU a
The Buckeyes were 0-9 against the SEC in bowl games prior to
last year's Sugar Bowl. Ohio State, which was making its
sixth-straight BCS bowl game appearance, finally broke through
against the SEC with a 31-26 win -- over Arkansas and Petrino.
The Buckeyes led 28-7 late in the first half before holding off
a second-half rally by the Razorbacks. Petrino lamented that slow
start when he was asked what lesson he learned from the school's
first BCS bowl appearance.
"I felt like we were really ready to play that game," Petrino
said. "I thought we did a good job in our preparation and
"And we went out in the first half and you could swear we were
sleeping for a week."
Petrino praised Arkansas' players for showing "toughness and
character" in the second half. He also said he would reconsider
the Razorbacks' preparation and schedule prior to a bowl game this
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