Consistency key against Middle Tennessee

The LSU football team had one of its best performances of the season but has been unable to put two solid outings back-to-back this year. With a upset-minded Middle Tennessee team coming to Tiger Stadium this week, linebacker Bradie James says now is the time for consistency.

Q: Coach Saban has talked about how this team needs to focus on the process of winning football games and not the standings and outcome of other games. That being said, with Ole Miss losing you guys still have a shot in the West. How do you balance that as a player knowing that it's a motivation for you but not doing what Coach doesn't want you to do?

A: I think the biggest thing right now is to put emphasis on being consistent. We haven't been consistent. We've had some highs and lows throughout the season. That's why we have 11 games…because once a team gets rolling and gets consistent, it really shows their character.

We're at home…and we hadn't been playing well at home. I think that's a test within itself. Even when the home team comes home, it supposed to be an advantage, but we haven't been playing together. We haven't been putting together that nucleus of attacks together as we've been doing on away games. Now it's just time to bring it home and really be consistent.

Q: Is it a mystery to you why that hasn't been the case at home? You've arguably played your best games on the road.

A: We have. We have played well on the road. We're 3-1 on the road, and that's the first time in a long time for LSU. That was an accomplishment within itself. But now we're back at home and I guess we have to get settled in and get ready to get after it.

Q: What about the non-conference game this late in the season. Does it break up the continuity on the conference schedule or momentum?

A: It's a big deal because we still remember the University of Alabama-Birmingham. You can't take a team likely. This team, Middle Tennessee, they're very potent on offense. That's something that us defensive players, gets our attention. We're going to have to focus on.

For us to be that team we want to be, we have to take each step and this is a step. We haven't been consistent so it's time for us to go out there and put it together week after week.

Q: Who was the first person to bring up UAB this week?

A: I don't know, but you just can't forget games like that.

Q: Middle Tennessee features a no-huddle attack like Tulane. That may give you some concern, but you guys have done well against the gimmicky teams like Tulane and Alabama.

A: We've been accustomed playing teams in the SEC where you know what you're going to get. Now we don't really know what we're going to get, so it's going to be hard for us to go out there and just prepare for Middle Tennessee in one day.

Against Alabama, we knew they were going to run the option and they do it well. It was something we put emphasis on throughout the week. Now, we have so many different looks to look for, we don't know what facet or area they're going to try to give us. We've got to be up on everything.

Q: Have you guys ever felt any of the extra pressure of expectations? How has it affected the team?

A: As far as expectations, we play this game and you're going to have expectations to do this and do that. But it's up to the leaders on the team to control that. You've just got to take the good with the bad and handle it real well..

We control everything that happens to us. If we play well, we control that. If we don't play well, we control that, too. It's all on us and we know that. Today is the beginning of another week, and we've just got to put emphasis on being consistent.  

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