He said he told the Tigers "if they could get me to the podium after a victorious event in
And so they did, beating
But Miles knows how unlikely it was.
"How it unfolded could not have been scripted," Miles said Sunday night almost two hours after he and his team watched the Fox Sports broadcast that revealed the BCS field.
The second-ranked Tigers (11-2) play top-ranked
"We're excited and honored and play a great
He acknowledged that having more than a month off till the January 7, 2008 meeting in the Louisiana Superdome will help his banged-up Tigers.
Miles thought his team, ranked seventh before the weekend, would leapfrog fourth-ranked
"The idea that we won our conference championship against
Miles is 33-6 as he enters the last game of his third season at LSU. Sunday night's activities capped an unforgettable day and a half for him and the team, a time that included Miles' hastily called news conference barely two hours before the SEC title game to clarify, rather defiantly, that he wasn't leaving for
"I've been doing this for 45 years, athletics, and this is the most astonishing 36 or 48 or 72 hours that I've ever seen," LSU athletic director Skip Bertman said. "Plus it turned out to be magnificent for LSU. Not only do we keep the coach, but we get a chance at the national championship"
Miles, however, wasn't looking back at the
After all, LSU is the first two-loss team playing in the BCS title tilt.
"I think this has been great college football," Miles said of the most unpredictable season ever. "From the beginning to the end every week had a story, a game where injury was at risk, and teams had to overcome adversity, exhaustion, fatigue, pain and play well enough to win. I think it's the greatest game in
LSU lost both of its game in three overtimes and on each occasion it was ranked No. 1. It started the season ranked No. 2, a spot it gladly holds again when it matters. Whereas Miles claims he felt LSU had won titles in his first two years – the SEC West and two bowl games – this is rarified air.
"The national championship is a hold different bird," Miles said. "Very rarely do you have a chance to win one of those games. They hold it only once every year and you have to be fortunate to be in it."
But don't expect to see him get nuts about it.
"I routinely say 'Yahoo,' I dance without prompting, and look forward to getting up in the morning and preparing. And that's the truth."
Miles said he hopes former LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini will rejoin the Tigers later in the month after he settles in as head coach at
"I think Bo will coach in the game. We talked about it on the plane ride home (from