Posted: Sep 10, 2012 3:14 PM by Chad Sabadie
Updated: Sep 10, 2012 3:14 PM
Source: WBRZ Sports 2
BATON ROUGE - LSU football coach Les Miles says his team has improved from the start of the season, and that he enjoyed the third-ranked Tigers' approach heading into the Washington game.
LSU beat the Huskies 41-3 and are now 2-0 on the season. The Tigers will next host the Idaho Vandals (0-2), a WAC school that will come to Tiger Stadium as a heavy underdog. Miles and his players downplayed the mismatch today.
"Idaho comes in and they are a good football team," said Miles. "They are a team that is historically used to winning in their level. Looking at this year, they lose to Eastern Washington, who was the national champions two year ago. They play Bowling Green who played Florida off of their feet. We need to be ready to play. We need to have the same intensity that we have every time we play in Tiger Stadium. In fact, if we are going to improve, this football team needs to take some of those strides this week against this opponent. We have respect for our opponent, and I believe that this team is good enough. If we play like we play and bring the intensity that we need to bring, we will accomplish what we need to accomplish this Saturday night in Tiger Stadium."
When Miles was asked about Arkansas falling to UL-Monroe over the weekend, he pointed at that game as an example of anything can happen on a Saturday night.
"I'm certain that that'll be mentioned in our meetings. I know that it's a great example of college football, and there's one every year. Appalachian State against Michigan to open the season, you would never guess that game would end the way it did. For those teams that come in, you need to come to play football at the same level of intensity that you play well. If you watch the film, you can see that they have a nice quarterback that can throw the football. They have a running game based on the ability to throw it and a very capable defensive front with guys that run to the ball and tackle well. Their specialists, they have a great return man, a guy that's ranked on all the watch lists. There's a guy that will be due post-season honors, and a punter that's second-ranked. They have good players, and recognizing that they do, irrespective of national prominence, are quality teams. They play extremely well. I respect the way they played Bowling Green. I recognize that Bowling Green's a very capable division one team. I think our approach will be the right approach."
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