Miles, Tigers prep for Fresno

Les Miles met with the media on Wednesday evening for the final time before Saturday's showdown against WAC foe Fresno State. Miles addressed matters on offense, defense and special teams and offered some colorful answers to some interesting questions.

"The rain forced us inside today so it limited us in some areas," Miles said. "The effort was good. I felt like the defensive practice was what we were looking for, but the offense still has a ways to go before Saturday. I thought the special teams did a nice job today as well."


Saturday's contest will be aired on national Television at 8 p.m. on ESPN2, and the No. 14 Tigers will again play in great afternoon weather. The game will mark the first ever meeting between LSU (5-2, 2-2 SEC) and Fresno State (1-5, 0-3 WAC) in football and will be the first of two trips to Louisiana for the Bulldogs with a Nov. 24 bout scheduled in Ruston against Louisiana Tech.


LSU is 21-1 all-time against current members of the WAC with their only loss against Louisiana Tech. Miles has never faced Fresno State.


The Bulldogs might have loss five straight since their season opening victory over Nevada, 28-19, but Miles said he and his staff prepare vigorously nonetheless.


"They are a very dangerous team," Miles said of Fresno State. "They have played very well at times this year. We better be prepared for their best shot on Saturday night. I can assure you that they are not coming here for a vacation and they are not coming here to see Louisiana. They are coming here to play the best football that they can muster. And we better play ours. That is the way that we will approach this game."


The Tigers are going into Saturday's matchup winners of 10 straight home games and 20 of its last 21 games in Tiger Stadium. If LSU can come away with a victory against the Bulldogs, it will be 19th consecutive night win in Tiger Stadium (dating back to 2002 when LSU loss to Alabama 31-0), excluding their Monday night loss to Tennessee.


To get a win against Fresno State, LSU might have to play without Daniel Francis and Brandon LaFell.


"I think Daniel Francis may have a better chance to play than (Brandon) LaFell," Miles said. "But, they both have a chance to play."

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