Four quarters of football is what LSU coach Les Miles is looking for from his team on Saturday when the 15th-ranked Tigers host Tulane in a non-conference tilt in Tiger Stadium.
Kickoff for the Tigers and the Green Wave is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be televised on TigerVision, LSU’s in-hour pay-per-view network.
LSU brings a 5-2 overall mark into the game, while the Greenies are 2-5 overall. LSU has won 16 straight over Tulane, a streak that dates back to a victory in 1983.
LSU continued to prepare for Tulane with another productive workout in full pads on Wednesday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. The Tigers will scale back Thursday’s practice and then follow that with a walk-thru on Friday afternoon.
“Practice was good,” Miles said of Wednesday’s workout. “The guys have come to work and work hard. The two heavy workdays this week have been productive. I like the approach. There’s great attention to detail and urgency, which is just what we need.
“The process is to be the best team we can be this Saturday, period. That process hasn’t changed. It’s truthfully a part of the process to play hard for all four quarters no matter who is in the game. The truth of the matter is that we need to play well for victory.”
Miles said on Wednesday that backup quarterback Andrew Hatch is doubtful for the Tulane contest after suffering a lower leg injury against Georgia last week.
“To be honest with you, I think it has not necessarily responded well in the short term,” Miles said of Hatch’s leg. “We really expected it to respond well early, and that’s not happening. I think it’s more doubtful that he’ll play for this game.”
In Hatch’s absence, the Tigers are preparing true freshman quarterback Jordan Jefferson to see action against the Green Wave.
“(Jordan) Jefferson is getting a lot of reps right now,” Miles said. “I cannot speculate how much we would use him. I hope like heck that we get the good fortune to play him.”
Despite last week’s defeat to Georgia in Tiger Stadium, Miles said the team has bounced back well in practice this week.
“I think it’s been upbeat,” Miles said on the mood of the team. “I think they understand that there have been some times when we’ve lost games around here and their response has always been pretty good. I think the mood has been what it should be: serious, but upbeat.”
Miles said he expects Tulane’s best shot on Saturday, much like last year when the eventual national champion Tigers led the Green Wave just 10-9 at halftime.
“I expect that they will play their very finest and give us their best effort, like last year,” Miles said. “We understand that they will play us with every effort and, frankly, we look forward to that. We want to play a great game and they certainly give us competition enough to do so.”