Halfway There

With his team midway through game week preparations for Alabama, LSU head coach Les Miles said that the Tigers are running on schedule.

There are only a couple of days until kickoff, and the only chatter around the Tiger football facility is about No. 3 Alabama.

While the southern classic “Sweet Home Alabama” has been heard blaring from the practice loudspeakers during preparation for the Tide in years past, Wednesday evening’s session finished up without background music, instead settling for the sounds of helmets and pads colliding.

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  • “It was just guys practicing hard,” Miles said.

    Still, don’t think for a moment that the CD was lost.

    “It is still in there somewhere,” he said with a smile.

    When asked if the CD had been dug out and played during practice yet, Miles’ answer came without hesitation.

    “Absolutely.”

    No matter how you look at this one, whether as a top-10 showdown that should decide the Western Division winner or an our-coach-over-your-coach affair, Saturday’s SEC showdown in Tuscaloosa holds plenty of implications for both sides.

    Despite an unblemished record, the story lately for the Tide has been the success from kicker Leigh Tiffin on special teams.

    Alabama has scored just two offensive touchdowns in their last three wins, opting instead to live off the leg of Tiffin. On the season, Tiffin is 20-of-23, with 11 field goals totaled in the Tide’s last three wins.

    For LSU, Josh Jasper has converted 10-of-13 attempts, with a long of 52 yards.

    “I like our opportunity to put up three as well,” Miles said. “Josh has always been long.

    “I think the key is the opportunity to get seven, and that is what we are playing for,” he added. “Once you are in the red zone, then you have to at least secure yourself three.”

    Alabama snapped a five-game losing streak to LSU with a 27-21 overtime win in Death Valley in 2008. Despite a recent loss, Miles said that he understands why his team has put up consistently strong showings against the Tide.

    “Our guys enjoy playing well against a quality opponent,” he said. “We play big in big games. I think your best opponents bring out the best in you.”


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