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LSU's Les Miles Prepares For Alabama, Nick Saban
Written by  // Monday, 05 December 2011 10:14 //

les-milesEveryone knew No.1 LSU (13-0) would play in the national championship game on Jan. 9 in the Mercedes-Benz  Super dome.

Alabama (11-1), whose only loss came at the hands of the Tigers one month ago, found out Sunday  night they would meet the Tigers  in New Orleans.
 

How LSU coach Les Miles sees BCS game pairing: 

On the process of playing in the Championship Game…

“The good news is that we’ve been in this game before, understand what it means to play game with a month out and how to divide the time. We’re prepared. The first place we will start is the first game where we played them. It might be rendered as different. I think there will be some similarities and some contrasting styles.” 

On what qualifies both teams…

“The victories over quality opponents and the system that we are in has identified the strength of the ratings. When you play an Oregon first, West Virginia, all the road games that you play and the Western Division’s highly ranked teams, it is easy to come up with both Alabama and LSU as one and two.” 

On the first Alabama game…

“I thought they did a lot of things well. They threw the ball well. They obviously played very quality defense and special teams, minus a couple of kicks.” 

On who he voted for in the Coaches’ Poll…

“I had to vote for Alabama because I felt that was the honest vote. I would have loved to have casted a vote on my ballot for Oklahoma State as well.” 

On every freshman since 2000 playing for a championship

“I would have to argue that there were other years where we were in position to play for other championships. If you look at last year, 17-17 with 7:51 to go against Auburn, I felt that was a time right there if we put together a drive that last year’s games would have ended the same way. We’re in position where our program will play for conference honors, Western Division honors and national honors year in and year out. We will do it with guys that want to come in and play as freshman, want to play young, play big and who are talented young men.” 

On going against Nick Saban…

“It makes no difference to me who the opponent is or who the coach is for that matter. I have great respect for Coach Saban. I certainly recognize the quality team that he has prepared and recruiting he does in this area. 

by Ed Staton
(Visit SEC/BCS gear at Louiisiana Sports Talk).

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Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  

 

Website: www.louisianasportstalk.com

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