A post-season like atmosphere is expected in Tiger Stadium on Saturday when 11th-ranked LSU hosts ninth-ranked Georgia in a key Southeastern Conference clash that should go a long way in determining who will represent the SEC West and the SEC East in the league’s championship game in December.
LSU brings a 5-1 overall mark and a 3-1 league record into the game, while Georgia is 6-1 overall and 3-1 in conference action.
“This is a very significant game in this conference,” LSU coach Les Miles told members of the media after practice on Wednesday. “It certainly has conference and national implications. It will have a national television audience and 92,500 Tiger fans will soak it in and there will be great effort and great play.”
Saturday’s game will mark the first meeting between the teams since the 2005 SEC Championship Game when Georgia posted a 34-13 win over the Tigers in Atlanta.
LSU continued its preparations for Georgia with a workout in shorts and shoulder pads here Wednesday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. The Tigers will scale by their practice schedule on Thursday and will then wrap up the on-field portion of their preparations for the week on Friday afternoon with a walk-thru at the LSU Indoor Practice Facility.
“(Today) was a good practice,” Miles said. “Everybody played and practiced. Ricky Jean-Francois practiced the entire week and going into Thursday, we anticipate that he will play.
“We’re rounding into shape, which is good. To this point, we like where we’re at. We had good effort and good energy. We cut back and practiced in shells and really did not hit hard for a couple of periods. That’s a function of the time of year. We’ll probably go back to a longer practice later, but right now we feel like it’s a timely break.”
One addition to practice this week for the Tigers has been the return to full speed of Jean-Francois. Jean-Francois has missed LSU’s last two games with an injury, but is expected to see his first action since leaving in the second half of LSU’s game against Mississippi State on Sept. 27.
“He’s 100 percent in terms of playing shape and the fact that he’s ready to play is surprising as well,” Miles said. “We will get a better idea of just how much he will be able to do on Saturday once we see how he feels tomorrow. I certainly liked what I saw from him today at practice.”