LSU head coach Les Miles made his weekly appearance Wednesday on the SEC Coaches Teleconference, and the topic of the day – other than the weather – was rebounding from the tough loss against Alabama.
Miles admitted there’s a slight hangover of sorts, but he feels the effort from that game Saturday night will travel with the team to Fayetteville.
“Certainly there’s residue from a game like that,” Miles explained. “You’re proud of how you played, but the reward of the finish you didn’t get. But as long as you played hard in the game you just played, you recognize that’s how it’s supposed to be. You take that contribution to your team and take that to the next game.”
"The team has put themselves in position to play hard in this game. We're well into the game plan and are looking forward to a very competitive game against Arkansas. We recognize that's a very improved football team and we're looking forward to the challenge."
Is this the most dominant SEC West he’s seen?
"I think we've had some very, very dominant Western division years, and I think there's a lot of parity here. I think Mississippi State being very good and Ole Miss being very good and Arkansas, even though the record doesn't benefit it, is a much improved football team. It's a year when the Western division can be looked at as a very strong, competitive league."
On A&M over Arkansas ...
“There’s never been that thought in my mind. That Arkansas game has always been a very competitive game from start to finish. I have very few memories in what would be nine straight meetings that haven’t been a very, very competitive game that came down to the back end of the game where someone had to play well to win. I did not see nor do I see that there’s a greater rival than the Arkansas team.”
On Arkansas losing 17 straight SEC games ...
“They’re a very good football team. I don’t see them lacking in any of the three phases. Coach [Bret] Bielema has done a very strong job preparing them. It really just speaks to the strength of the Western division. Play after play and game after game.”