FAYETTEVILLE — Nicholls State coach Charlie Stubbs knows all about the Southeastern Conference.

FAYETTEVILLE — Nicholls State coach Charlie Stubbs knows all about the Southeastern Conference.

The college football veteran was Alabama’s quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator from 1998-2000. He has prepared for SEC opponents at other stops throughout his lengthy career, too. So Stubbs understands the challenge Nicholls State faces as it prepares to play Arkansas in Razorback Stadium on Saturday.

"There’s going to be some tremendous mismatches," Stubbs said Tuesday on the Southland Conference’s weekly teleconference.

The rest of Stubbs’ team will find out what he means when Nicholls State (0-1) plays at Arkansas (0-1) on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Colonels, who are a Football Championship Subdivision school, are facing an SEC opponent for the first time.

Stubbs said trying to keep pace with a program like Arkansas — even though the Razorbacks have lost 10 straight games dating back to last season — will be a "major challenge." But he added it’s one his team is eager to take on this week.

"We’re really looking at these as opportunities to get better," Stubbs said. "We’re coming in there and we’re preparing to win and preparing to compete. To win we have to have a great week of preparation and we’ve also got to, you know, just stay in the game. Just try to shorten the game a little bit. Try to look after the first quarter and see if we’re still in striking distance and just keep playing forward."

Nicholls State and Arkansas will have something in common entering the game.

Both teams are in the midst of lengthy losing streaks. Arkansas’ was extended to 10 games after the 45-21 loss at Auburn last Saturday. Nicholls State, which is located in Thibodaux, La., carries a seven-game losing streak into Fayetteville.

The Colonels are coming off a 44-16 loss at Air Force in the season opener. Air Force’s ground-oriented offense gained 539 rushing yards in the win. Stubbs and his team knows it’s facing an even tougher test in Arkansas’ offense, which plans to lean on a massive line and talented tailbacks to run over Nicholls State once again.

"What we’ve got to do is we’re going to come up with a very good plan and strive to execute it," Stubbs said. "And then, of course, we’re going to need some help from Arkansas. I mean, from turnovers or penalties or things like that."

The formula hasn’t had much success against Football Bowl Subdivision teams under Stubbs, who is 10-36 with Nicholls State.

The Colonels have never played an SEC school, but have suffered lopsided losses to Oregon (66-3), Louisiana-Lafayetteville (70-7), Oregon State (77-3), Tulsa (66-16) and San Diego State (47-0) since 2010. Still, their history against FBS opponents isn’t all bad. Nicholls State does have three wins, too, including a 27-23 victory at Western Michigan last season. It came a week after the Oregon loss.

So Arkansas coach Bret Bielema doesn’t expect the Colonels to roll over.

"I don’t think they’re going to be intimidated," Bielema said. "You see them on film and you see guys play hard, strain hard. On defense they were very opportunistic on Saturday. Air Force is a different preparation for anybody, so you saw their defensive players do that. I think on special teams they’ve got some guys that look like they believe in that value of the kicking game."

Stubbs did point to positives he believes his team can build from the Air Force loss.

Nicholls State fell behind 9-0, but tied the game early in the second quarter. Starting quarterback Kalen Henderson, who missed most of last season with an injury, completed 12 of 25 passes for 136 yards in his first action since the Western Michigan win. The game got out of hand in the second half, but Nicholls State had a 75-yard scoring drive behind backup quarterback Beaux Hebert to end the night.

So Stubbs, who coached in games at Arkansas in 1998, 2000 and 2003, is hoping the momentum will carry over to his team’s next test against the Razorbacks.

"Just stay the course," Stubbs said. "Play games to the last tick. Try to strive to find some things to build on. Then, also, this will definitely prepare us for our Southland Conference games. It will be well worth it. We’ve just got to handle it the right way."