Canes Set to Face LSU

The #9 Miami Hurricanes are set to face #10 LSU in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Friday in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl announced today they have moved up in the ACC selection order and will have the first available non-BCS team beginning next season. Last week it was also announced the bowl will be re-named the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

In addition the bowl will pay out $3.25 million to each team next season compared to $2.4 million this year.

Head coach Larry Coker has repeatedly expressed his pleasure with the way the Peach Bowl runs their operation.

"I can definitely see why they moved up in the pecking order," Coker said. "They do it right. It is a great city with a great venue. Our week has been outstanding and they run a first-class operation."

LSU head coach Les Miles added a few comments to Larry's remarks.

"You always like to play a bowl game where there could be national media and a place you could sell out," Miles said.

The 38th annual Peach Bowl is sold out for the ninth straight game.

With the matchup between Miami (9-2) and LSU (10-2) it has everyone on both teams excited.

"Our players are anxious to play," Coker said. "It should be a great football game."

LSU will be starting sophomore quarterback Matt Flynn in the game for the first time in his career. The Miami defense is one of the tops in the country and it will be something to keep an eye on.

"We are going to have to protect the quarterback and one of the ways we can do that is to run the ball," Miles said. "Also, balance on offense is difficult for every defense."

Coker stated that he planned on facing JaMarcus Russell because he didn't think his injury was serious enough to keep him out.

Not only did Russell have a seperated shoulder, but he tore a ligament as well. In addition to his shoulder injury it was announced that he suffered a wrist injury that will likely require surgery after suffering the injury prior to the Auburn game.

"There is very little difference in our preparation for LSU," Coker said. "Matt has a little bit quicker feet and can do some things athletically that JaMarcus can't, but there is nothing we need to take out of our gameplan."

Miami is not the only solid defense in the game as the Tigers come in giving up just 15.2 points per game.

"There are two good defenses in the game which generally means it will be a relatively low-scoring game," Miles said. "It will come down to the team that makes fewer mistakes and hidden yardage in the special teams game could make the difference."

Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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