Instead, the Tigers are preparing for the Mississippi State team that battled top 10-ranked Auburn to the very end in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers two weeks ago.
LSU continued its preparations for Saturday’s Southeastern Conference home opener against the Bulldogs with another productive workout here at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.
“I liked practice,” Miles said following Wednesday’s workout. “I think the team’s attitude is right. I think they understand they’re playing a very quality opponent in Mississippi State.
“We all understand that Mississippi State can be a very dangerous team and we know they’re getting better. There is a respect for Mississippi State that has nothing to do with some of the teams that they’ve already played. We anticipate that we’ll get Mississippi State’s best shot.”
Last year, LSU opened its national championship season with a 45-0 win over Mississippi State in Starkville in a game that saw the Tigers intercept six Bulldog passes and force another fumble. LSU scored 38 of its 45 points off of Mississippi State turnovers in that season-opening win.
This year, LSU goes into the game with a 3-0 overall mark and a 1-0 league record after last week’s thrilling 26-21 road win over ninth-ranked Auburn. Mississippi State is 1-3 overall and 0-1 in conference action. The Bulldogs have road losses to Louisiana Tech and Georgia Tech, while splitting at home with Southeastern Louisiana and Auburn.
Miles said that quarterback Andrew Hatch didn’t take any practice snaps on Wednesday but is expected to see some action on Thursday. Hatch missed most of the second half against Auburn after getting knocked out with what was believed to be a mild concussion midway through the third quarter.
“(Andrew Hatch) took some throws early on in the week and we decided to cool him down and rest him and not practice him today,” Miles said of the sophomore quarterback. “The good news is that he’s rounding into health. I expect him to play Saturday.”
Hatch has started all three games at quarterback for the Tigers. Quarterback Jarrett Lee came off the bench and rallied LSU to the 26-21 win over Auburn last Saturday. Miles said Lee is having another good week of practice.
‘He’s (Lee) had a good week of practice,” Miles said. “It’s not really different, to be honest with you. We’ve seen him be like this before.”
LSU is expected to play both quarterbacks against Mississippi State.
The Tigers will practice again on Thursday followed by a walk-through on Friday afternoon. Kickoff for Saturday’s contest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised to a national audience by ESPN2.
The game will also serve as the annual Gold Game for LSU and fans are encouraged to wear gold shirts to the contest.
Note: Miles started speaking with the media but had to stop and start over due to some technical difficulties with a video camera