Miles, Tigers prepare for Ole Miss

LSU head coach Les Miles addressed the media Wednesday afternoon for the final time before Saturday's showdown against rival Ole Miss in Tiger Stadium at 7 p.m.

Miles spoke to the media on a number of different topics before crossing the street for his weekly radio show at Walk-Ons.


"It was a good practice," Miles said. "We are getting there. I think the guys are looking forward to this game. It is important to do right things and finish November strong. There is too much riding, to much at stake."


Miles addressed the injury list that has grown longer as the season has progressed. Darry Beckwith will likely not play and continues to walk with a knee brace. Senior receiver Craig "Buster" Davis is expected to play, but had limited practices all week and was given Wednesday off to rest his legs. Jessie Daniels also practiced all week and looks really good according to Miles.


The second year head coach also said he was excited about the red-shirted class of freshmen, and said many of them have had great seasons.


"A number of guys have had a good year even though they were red-shirted," Miles said. "Our linebacker core is going to be just as talented as the guys that play. Kelvin Sheppard looks good. Derrick Odom is going to be a good player. A couple guys on the offensive line look good. Jai Eugene is going to be a great corner."


Saturday's contests will be the 95th meeting between the two schools dating back to 1894. LSU has won five of the last six meetings between the two rivals and hold a 53-37-4 advantage in the overall series.


LSU holds the overall record in Tiger Stadium against Ole Miss, but the Rebels have had success in Tiger Stadium with a 35-24-1 losing mark.


"I think rivalries have to be recognized by both parties," Miles said. "We understand when your right next door and somebody is the big brother and they talk about the big brother all the time."


Saturday night will also be Senior Night for 22 seniors playing their final game in Tiger Stadium. This year's group of seniors goes into the home finale against Ole Miss with a five-year record of 49-13, which puts them just three wins shy of breaking the mark held by the 2005 senior class. The 2005 senior class had a five-year mark of 51-13

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