BATON ROUGE, La. — Les Miles says talking about a regular-season loss for the first time after nearly a year-and-a-half is a miserable experience for the ninth-ranked Louisiana State University Tigers.
The coach says LSU (5-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) was stung by its 14-6 loss at Florida last weekend and understands it must play better in both the running and passing game if it hopes to beat No. 3 South Carolina (6-0, 4-0) in Tiger Stadium this Saturday night.
“We need to play better in a number of ways. It is not an effort thing. I enjoyed my team’s effort,” Miles said. “We have to play smarter and with a wisdom that allows us to use the advantages that we were given in that game. In our view we have to run it and throw it better. The combination of the two is what makes it so difficult for us to be defended. If they have to supply extra men to the field or if they have to move guys to the perimeter, then obviously it makes that running game easier to dial up. That is exactly what we are about in our point to improve this week.”
LSU safety Eric Reid says playing the highly-ranked Gamecocks this weekend leaves little time to make corrections, but it also gives the Tigers a chance for the type of immediate redemption that will place them right back in the national title discussion.
South Carolina is coming off a 35-7 rout of Georgia in Columbia.
“South Carolina is a tremendous team,” Miles said. “They have a good defense to go with a quality offense. They have a mobile quarterback. They have a very good running back in Marcus Lattimore. Again, they are a very quality team and it is going to take a great effort from us to play well. We look forward to playing in Tiger Stadium.”