Miles Impressed By 3-0 Auburn

LSU coach Les Miles sees a different Auburn team through three games under Gus Malzahn.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has talked about it being a new day for the Tigers since he arrived last December. That has been the theme for the program throughout the summer and into the 2013 season. Now three games into his first season and with a team playing hard on both sides of the line of scrimmage, LSU coach Les Miles said he can see the changes that Malzahn and his staff have already made at Auburn.

"I think they are as talented as the other teams that you would see come out of Auburn, but I just think they are well prepared," Miles said. "I think they are flying around for their coach. Shoot, I wouldn't expect it any differently."

That re-energized Auburn team will need to play much better this week if it hopes to get win number four as the Tigers travel to Baton Rouge to face 3-0 LSU. Auburn hasn't won in Tiger Stadium since 1999 and will need to play at a peak level this Saturday night to get the job done.

One of the ways Malzahn's group hopes to accomplish the goal is by continuing to increase the tempo on offense. In three games LSU's opponents have a total of just 183 offensive plays, an average of 61 per game. Facing a team that hopes to fly by that total this weekend, Miles said it's important for his defense to be prepared as soon as the previous play is done.

"Well, ready is the issue," Miles said. "You have to make sure that the call is in, communications is done and we're ready, and we're not paused to communicate but in fact we are feet north and south, keyed in on our responsibility and ready to play. I look forward to that. I think it's something that we've practiced, in my opinion, every day since probably two springs ago. There is always a piece of every practice donated to an up tempo style of offense. So we feel like we've got a handle on it, it just needs to be made perfect."

Allowing 19 points and 267.7 yards of total offense per game, LSU's defense has responded well the first three weeks despite losing eight players to the NFL Draft off last year's team. With an offense that has improved drastically since 2012, averaging 46 points and 488 yards per contest, Miles said he expects a challenge Saturday night and he's anxious to see how his team responds.

"Auburn is very quality team," Miles said. "Gus Malzahn is doing a great job in preparation. You watch the teams play, they play hard. Just a very quality opponent and somebody that has done a great job. Their defense is big and strong. They are allowing 17 points and 433 yards per game. But it's probably not reminiscent of their abilities because they have talent and they are well coached and prepared. So they are getting better.

"We're looking forward to it. This is the kind of game we need. We recognize the conference we play in. This is a very quality conference opponent and, again, our team is ambitious. They look at this practice week and they best look at it as an opportunity to improve because we have a quality opponent, this is SEC conference play. That is where we want to be."

Auburn will face off against LSU at 6:45 p.m. Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. The game can be seen on ESPN.

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