Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on Jan. 7 in the Louisiana Superdome.
"I can tell you this, we're awfully happy to be here," said LSU coach Les Miles on Wednesday evening. "Everything we've done really since we've arrived was set to end us back here,
The Tigers made the short trek from
The Tigers played in three Sugar Bowls facing
Miles made reference to the Tigers 41-14 thrashing of Notre Dame a year ago and said it was the ultimate goal for the team to return to the
"This football team certainly is thrilled to be back in
Tigers arrive in New Orleans on Tuesday evening. (SFranz/LSU)
It is the second time this season LSU has played within the confines of the Superdome. The Tigers defeated Tulane 34-9 back on Sept. 29. But as happy as Miles and the Tigers are to be back in New Orleans, the third year head coach isn't one to get to cozy with the apparent homefield advantage, playing just 60 miles from the LSU campus.
"I don't know that home field advantage affects outcomes of games, to be honest with you," Miles said. "I can tell you we will enjoy this venue. We did last time we were here. We enjoy going to lunch in this city. This will certainly be at home, much more comfortable than our opponent. I don't know that it actually affects the final score."
It is, however,
Needless to say, the Buckeyes are chomping at the bit a little bit to get back on the field.
"I'm sure they are," said
Tressel's team will have been 51 days without playing a game since the Buckeyes 14-3 win over
"To feel the feel of
As for his initial feelings about the opponent, Tressel complimented the Tigers for battling through a tough slate all the while dealing with a rash of injuries.
"The thing I love about them is they're tough," Tressel said. "They went through a season, a bunch of injuries, had a brutal schedule. They had some balls bounce the wrong way, taken into overtime. Playing without some of their best players at times and withstood all that.
"To me they have great toughness and great maturity. Because you can't do that without
both of those things. Now, they're very talented in every possession. Tremendous skills, tremendous ability to do a lot of different things."
And Miles, a native of Ohio and former Michigan Wolverine, gave his initial assessment of the Buckeyes and minced no words in saying how impressed he and his team are with Tressel's club.
"We've watched them," Miles said. "We understand the abilities that they have. They have number one ranked defense in the country. Maybe the best linebacker in college
football. Tremendously capable front. Very fast physical secondary. Their offense, again, maybe the best offensive line in college football, and a great tail back, quarterback that makes few mistakes, very tall, long-armed guy, quality receiving group.
"There is no weakness to this
"This team played in this very game a year ago. Very talented team. Certainly they are the number one team in the country."
Both the Tigers and Buckeyes will participate in team workouts on Thursday morning.