MILES: "No. 1 Changes Nothing"

At his weekly Monday afternoon media luncheon, LSU football coach Les Miles was quick to refer to the fact that the Tigers are ranked No. 1 in the nation in the Associated Press poll for the first time since 1959.

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 approach. [Florida is] a game that we'd like to play our very best and prepare well for. It doesn't make any difference that our rank has changed."

 

Point taken.

 

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 Florida team, it's going to be a great game."

 

After losing to Auburn 20-17 at The Swamp on Saturday night, the Gators head to Tiger Stadium for a prime time showdown with LSU on CBS that will be sure to have the nation tuning in. ESPN's College Gameday will be broadcasting live from the LSU campus, showcasing a pair of top ten teams – one being the defending national champion and the other being the No. 1 ranked team in the country –  with strengths that match up well together. Florida boasts one of the nation's top offensive weapons in quarterback Tim Tebow, and his ability to run with power and throw with accuracy will be the toughest challenge yet for LSU's top-ranked defense.

 

"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."


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