Coach Miles says conditioning, hydration key for Auburn contest
BATON ROUGE - With Saturday's afternoon contest with Auburn close at hand, Coach Les Miles says his team is preparing to deal with a competent conference opponent and plenty of heat.
In comments after Wednesday's practice, Miles says his team is up to the test with conditioning to fall back on and hydration an active concern as temperatures are forecasted to be in the low 90s when kickoff time comes.
"We are preparing for Auburn and the heat," LSU coach Les Miles told the media after Wednesday's practice. "The heat is normal around here this time of year. You get hot just walking to your car, let alone at practice. We'll be ready for the heat. The key piece is hydrating your body all week and at the cellular level. You can't just hydrate moments before. It takes time to get in the body and have an impact. We will be talking about hydration certainly by the end of the week here, heavily on Friday and certainly on Saturday."
LSU comes into the contest with No. 18 Auburn (2-0) with a 1-0 record after their first home game was rained out. It'll be the first time Tiger Stadium has played host to a home game since they played Alabama in early November close to a year ago. Auburn is coming off an overtime scare against Jacksonville State last week, where they squeezed by 27-20.
While he says his team is ready for a scorching afternoon, he says the time of day really does not ultimately matter to his squad.
"We have a good week of practice," Miles said. "We have to put different segment of our game plan in different days. Each day our players have to accommodate to some new and some old things. I felt they did a good job. They are excited to play and look forward to playing in Tiger Stadium. They don't care what time it is or frankly who it is that we are playing."
The Tigers practice again Thursday afternoon while taking expecting to take it comparatively easy with a walk-through on Friday afternoon.