Ex-NFL head men clash in SEC West

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Coach Bobby Petrino bolted from the NFL after his rookie year.

Nick Saban stuck around a little longer but headed to Alabama after saying he wouldn't.

Now, the two coaches are back in college football where they want to be, and face off tomorrow at Fayetteville.

The game is not just two short-term NFL coaches matching up.

It's the Razorbacks' offensive guru versus the Crimson Tide's defensive mastermind.

'Bama safety Rashad Johnson looks forward to facing Petrino's offense for the first time.

Johnson says it will be fun but he and his teammates will be ready.

He predicts the contest will look like two NFL-style teams going against each other in the SEC.

Alabama is ranked ninth. Kickoff is at 11:30 a.m.

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