Tigers practice indoors Wednesday

With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees here Wednesday, LSU took a break from the heat with a two-hour workout inside at the LSU Indoor Practice Facility.

The Tigers used Wednesday's workout to continue to prepare for Saturday's Southeastern Conference contest against Vanderbilt. LSU goes into the Vanderbilt game ranked No. 18 in the nation and with a 5-2 overall mark. The Tigers, who are coming off a 24-20 win over Troy, are 2-2 in league play.

Vanderbilt is 2-5 overall and 1-3 SEC play following last week's 19-7 victory over Eastern Kentucky. Saturday's game will mark the first between the teams since a 7-6 LSU win in Nashville in 1997. The teams last met in Tiger Stadium in 1996 with the Tigers winning, 35-0.

"When we start to get guys that are good players, in shape, who run all the time and have no problem getting though the game to start having trouble in practice with cramps and heat exhaustion, then it's really time to make some changes in how we go about what we're doing," LSU coach Nick Saban said after Wednesday's workout. "So we decided to cool off the indoor and go inside today. I don't know if it will help us or not, but we'll certainly see on Saturday. We had good work. We didn't do any less. It doesn't affect us in any way.

"I've been pretty pleased with the way we've gone about our business this week. It's a tough preparation because this team's a little bit different, especially on offense in terms of running the option and some of the things that they do."

Saban said the Tigers have put a special emphasis on getting ready for Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler, who leads the Commodores in both rushing and passing.

"Their quarterback does an outstanding job of not only running it, but he's a good passer and they have shown an ability to score points," Saban said. "That's going to be a real key for us, to be able to stop the combination of the balance they have between the run and the pass."

When the Tigers have the ball, Saban said it's important for LSU to be able to establish the run against the Commodores.

"Offensively, we're trying to get this running game together and balance ourselves in terms of what we do," Saban said. "I think it's really important when you play teams like this that you can control the ball with your offensive team and not give them the ball as much as they'd like to have it."

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