Miles Sees Advantages in Scrapped LSU Game

LSU head coach Les Miles says missing out on McNeese State opener not all bad for the Tigers.

LSU will try again to ring in its 2015 football season this Saturday night in Starkville after last weekend's McNeese State opener was cancelled due to extended bouts of lightning in the area.

And even though many view the revised opener at an SEC West foe as a disservice to the Tigers, head coach Les Miles spun it the other way Tuesday at his weekly press luncheon.

"We would love to have played by far and away," Miles said of last Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. "With the idea that now, at this point in time, that's not possible, then what are the advantages? Well, there are some. We'll enjoy our preparation, and we'll be fresh, and we'll look forward to Mississippi State with the enthusiasm of getting to play the opener."

The other beauty, or silver lining, in not finishing the home tilt Saturday is that Mississippi State has virtually nothing - eight plays from scrimmage in actuality - in the way of film study on LSU.

"Your body of work is small," continued Miles. "So they get to see what we have, and certainly we share -- we didn't have the weather, certainly we'd have played it. They would have gotten the entire game ... We've seen their first game in its entirety."

Miles also sounded off on the notion that 11 regular season contests may cost the Bayou Bengals down the stretch this season if indeed they are in position to challenge for the College Football Playoff in its second year of existence.

"There's nothing that I can do about it. At this point in time, I want to prepare and play the season and certainly the season we have remaining and play extremely well and control our own destiny," said Miles. "We do those things, we're a very talented team. We should control outcomes anyway."

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