Tigers Continue to Prepare for Louisiana Tech
BATON ROUGE — LSU’s seventh-ranked football team continued to prepare for Saturday’s Homecoming contest against in-state foe Louisiana Tech with a two-hour workout at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility.
The Tigers enters their final regular-season non-conference with a 7-1 overall mark after last week’s 31-7 win over Auburn. The Bulldogs are coming off a 42-4 road win over Nevada and enter the game with a 4-4 mark. The contest will mark the first meeting between the teams since 1941.
“Practice has gone well all week and the players seem to be in to it,” LSU coach Nick Saban said after Wednesday’s workout. “Louisiana Tech is a difficult team to prepare for defensively because of all the different things they do on offense like going no-huddle. It is always a little more difficult to practice like that and is always harder on the players.
“Hopefully, offensively we will continue to be able to make the improvements and put things together like we have been able to the last two games and maybe throw some big plays in there somewhere. I think in a game like this, big plays and turnovers, and affecting the quarterback with coverage or pressure or whatever, those are always going to be things that affect the outcome of the game.”
The Tigers enter the contest rated as the nation’s top-ranked team in scoring defense, allowing only 9.5 points a contest. Overall, LSU ranks second in the nation in rushing defense (53.1 yards per game), fourth in total defense (254.6) and sixth in pass efficiency defense (99.4 rating).
Tech, on the other hand, comes into the contest as one of the nation’s top offensive teams. The Bulldogs, led by senior quarterback Luke McCown, are averaging 323 yards passing and just under 450 yards of offense a game. Over its last four games, Tech is averaging just under 40 points.
Saban said defensive back Randall Gay (virus) sat out of practice today, while running backs Joseph Addai (knee) and Shyrone Carey (knee) both practiced with the team. Carey has been out of action since injuring his knee in the fourth quarter against Mississippi State, while Addai was injured in the first half against Florida. Saban said his was still uncertain of Addai and Carey’s status for the Louisiana Tech game.
The Tigers will practice again on Thursday afternoon followed by a walk-thru in Tiger Stadium on Friday. Kickoff for Saturday’s Homecoming contest is set for 7 p.m. The game is being televised live on TigerVision, LSU’s in-house pay-per-view network.
“This is Homecoming for us which makes it a traditional game that you would certainly like to be successful in,” Saban said. “As many points as they score they are capable of beating anybody.”