And his comment? He doesn't care, because LSU doesn't deserve it.
"I'm told that we've been ranked differently, there are a bunch of people ready to say nice things about us," Miles said, "but the truth of the matter is anybody who voted us number one, it's obvious that they did not get up in the morning and watch us play [against Tulane]. If they'd have seen the first half there's no way they would've voted us number one, and I don't think there's anybody in our building that thinks in any way we're a finished product or we've arrived.
"We're appreciative of those people
who voted for us," he later continued. "It's a compliment to the program and a
compliment to our players. But we're holding a place at this point. We're
looking forward to playing and playing well. There will be no difference in
The truth is, LSU put together its worst outing of the season in its 34-9 win over the Green Wave, and no change in poll position – not even one to pole position – can hide the fact that the Tigers are still a work in progress.
"It's probably good that we played
less than good football last week," Miles said. "It lets you know there's a lot
to accomplish, a lot to improve on, and to me the intensity of play is going to
have to be picked up. We look forward to this
After losing to
"I like big games," said Miles. "I think our guys like big games. I think you'll find all the players will come to practice, hurry to meetings, run from drill to drill like they do with a little bit quicker step, [there will be] a little bit more energy about the building, and we look forward to this.
"I understand it only counts one, it's just one game, but it sure is going to be one that we'll enjoy preparing for. Obviously it's Gameday and national television, and two highly respected programs. It'll be a lot of fun, it's what college football's all about. It's why you come to LSU, to play in games like this."