Tigers continues preparations for Arkansas

A short work-week had the third-ranked LSU football team practicing as if it were a typical Wednesday here Tuesday as the Tigers continued to prepare for Arkansas and its impressive rushing attack.

The Tigers, who bring an eight-game winning streak into the contest, face the Razorbacks at 1:30 p.m. on Friday in Tiger Stadium. The contest will be televised to a national audience by CBS. LSU stands at 9-1 overall and 6-1 in league play, while the Razorbacks are 4-6 overall and 2-5 in conference action.


An LSU win on Friday over Arkansas sends the Tigers to the SEC Championship Game for the third time in five years.


 "It was a basic Wednesday practice, even though it was a Tuesday," LSU coach Les Miles said after the workout. "We got a lot done and addressed specific pieces of our game plan. Spirits were high, and it went well."


On Friday, the Tigers will face an Arkansas team who has won two straight games after winning just two of its first eight games. Since finding a quarterback in Casey Dick, Arkansas has reeled offs win over Ole Miss (28-17) and Mississippi State (44-10).


Of Arkansas' six losses, three have come by a combined total of 11 points, something that has the Tigers focused on this week's game and nothing else.


"If this team's not focused on the here and now, there's something wrong," Miles said. "I would expect that this team knows what they're playing for, knows what's at stake, and knows that Arkansas is a good football team. I think they understand."


Against Arkansas, the Tigers will face a squad who excels in the running game as well as in special teams. The Razorbacks, behind freshman Darren McFadden, lead the SEC in rushing with 235 yards per contest. McFadden, who rushed for 190 yards against Georgia, is averaging 105 yards rushing per contest.


In addition, freshman Felix Jones leads the nation in kickoff returns with an average of 33 yards per return. 


"They're a good football team, offense, defense and special teams," Miles said. "Their defense has gotten better, and their offense has been much better since they changed quarterbacks. Their special teams are very dangerous. They play well in all three phases of the game."


The Tigers will practice again on Wednesday afternoon followed by a walk-thru on Thanksgiving Day.

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