Tigers Continue to Prepare for Alabama
BATON ROUGE — LSU worked out for two hours here Wednesday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility as the Tigers continued to prepare for Saturday’s contest against 10th-ranked Alabama in Tiger Stadium.
LSU, ranked No. 12 in the nation in the coaches poll and No. 14 by the Associated Press, is coming off a 33-30 last-second win over Kentucky on Saturday. The Tigers are 7-2 overall and 4-1 in Southeastern Conference action. Alabama, winners of four straight, stands at 8-2 overall and 5-1 in league play.
“We have practiced pretty well this week and I have been really pleased with the way we have practiced offensively this week,” LSU coach Nick Saban said. “We seem to have a little bit more confidence and are a little sharper and a little crisper in what we are doing.”
“Defensively, we have a lot of guys that we are trying to get healthy, who have been hurt for a long time. They just keep trying to get out there and get healthy and it is just a struggle sometimes. I feel bad for some of the players that have had to go through this. I think all football players after nine games have something that hurts and everybody has to have enough mental toughness to work through it.”
Saban said Saturday’s game against Alabama will be LSU’s toughest test thus far.
“This is certainly a game that, in playing Alabama, is the strongest team we have played this point. I think there offense is much further advanced then it was last year when we played them. They throw the ball effectively with the two quarterbacks that they use. This is really a good all-around football team and they have a lot of good football players so this is going to be a big challenge for us. We just need to get our players focused and healthy and get after it as best we can.”
The Tigers will practice again on Thursday followed by a walk-thru in Tiger Stadium on Friday afternoon. Kickoff for Saturday’s contest is set for 8:10 p.m. in a sold-out Tiger Stadium The game will be televised to a national audience by ESPN.