Miles, Tigers enjoy cooler temps Wed.

LSU head coach Les Miles addressed the media for the final time Wednesday afternoon before Saturday's matchup against in-state rival Tulane. Miles, like every Wednesday seemed to be in a chipper mood, and said he and the No. 10 Tigers are looking forward to Saturday's matchup against the Green Wave.

"We had a great day," Miles said. "Cool weather. It all added to the fact that the guys are looking forward to playing on Saturday."


With Tulane returning to Death Valley, the two schools are renewing one of the South's oldest rivalries. The LSU-Tulane series dates back to 1893 and covers a 94 game history. The Tigers hold a 65-22-7 advantage over the Green Wave and are 35-10-1 in Baton Rouge. Tulane's last victory against the Tigers came in Tiger Stadium in 1982, 31-28.


"We certainly understand they are neighbors," Miles said. "And when you are in the backyard of somebody it is important to win that battle across the fence."


Miles and his squad had the difficult task this week of putting last week's heartbreaker behind them and moving on with their schedule. He said the team will have to stay focused to win against Tulane, and the rest of their schedule.


"If you have regret in a game, I think it is harder to turn the page," Miles said. "I think our guys gave everything they had and played hard. We are really looking forward to get the opportunity to get a victory."


One item the Tigers will be focusing on Saturday will be the quality of the rushing attack. The lack of a running game was obvious at Auburn, and Miles said it must get better.


No changes will be made in the offensive line, but Miles did hint that the ball will be spread around.


"I think Charles Scott will get a little bit more time at tailback," Miles said. "We are going to challenge our backs to see if we can get them some carries and see who comes out on top. We are looking for the best back."


Running backs however are not the only problem with LSU's rushing attack. The offensive line has done well against the pass rush, but has experienced problems throughout the season with opening up holes for tailbacks.


They are improving their technique everyday," Miles said. "Certain defenses have greater size and strength. Our guys are working hard and game plans are different. We are asking them to do different things at times."


As for injuries, Miles said there were no new injuries to report from practice this week and that everyone should be ready to go.


"Still some guys are a little nicked," Miles said. "Everyone should be back for the game. Brian Johnson has a sore toe. Zinger is back practicing and gaining wait. I think he will play. He has been practicing everyday this week and looks good."

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