LSU makes final preparations for Arizona St.

LSU continued to prepare for Saturday's season-opener against 15th-ranked Arizona State with a two-hour workout here Wednesday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.

The Tigers will hold a light workout on Thursday before departing for Tempe, Ariz., on Friday afternoon. LSU will conduct a walk-thru in Sun Devil Stadium upon their arrival on Friday.

Saturday's game will carry an 8:15 p.m. CT start time and will be televised to a national audience by ESPN.

"They're fired up," Miles said when asked about his team. "Obviously, they want to represent the state and this school extremely well. They've practiced well and with a purpose.

"I think our guys will enjoy playing football, whether it's home or away. I think they'll enjoy those three hours or so that they're allowed to go out there and play. They're looking forward to that."

Miles said a couple keys to the Tigers have success against Arizona State are taking care of the football and creating turnovers on defense.

"I just want to do the things that we do well and that's make sure we take care of the ball and not turn it over and make sure that the defense is opportunistic so we get some takeaways," Miles said. "It's also important that we are a physical team that controls the tempo of the game."

Miles said the Tigers will have to contend with a talented quarterback in Arizona State's Sam Keller, who passed for four touchdowns in last week's 63-16 win over Temple.

"He makes good decisions," Miles said. "He moves the ball around and he knows what he's supposed to do with the ball. He's just a good signal caller and quarterback."

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