LSU coach Les Miles met with reporters on Tuesday to discuss the game that never was against McNeese State and the upcoming challenge against Mississippi State.
Last Saturday, the Tigers had planned for a season opener at home against McNeese State, but lightning delays turned into an unrealistic starting kickoff time, and so the powers that be canceled the game altogether.
This caused Tim Brando to go off on a rant.
Nonetheless, LSU has no film to examine from last week and jumps straight into conference play against SEC West foe Mississippi State on the road, where one of the conference’s better quarterbacks in Dak Prescott is waiting.
A lot of cowbells are waiting too. More on that in a moment.
Miles took a straightforward approach to handling questions about not playing on Saturday.
“The weather did not cooperate with us and that’s that,” Miles told reporters according to NOLA.com’s Jim Kleinpeter.
Miles also found a positive in having to sit last week out.
“Considering we couldn’t play, what are the advantages?,” Miles asked. “We will be fresh for Mississippi State.”
The Bulldogs edged LSU 34-29 last year, and Prescott was a big reason why. The quarterback combined for 373 yards and three touchdowns rushing and passing, and was clearly a difference-maker.
Miles knows Prescott will again be a factor.
“He’s a big strong guy,” said Miles as reported by LSU.net media reporter Emily Villere Dixon. “He has nice command of the offense (and) does the things that offense asks him to do.”
As for the cowbells, Mississippi State is using the Tigers’ season opening game as a platform to set a Guinness World Book of Records feat. The Bulldogs are calling on all fans to ring cowbells during the school’s annual Cowbell Yell at 9 p.m. on Thursday and, apparently, GWBR is going to be there to count the number of participants.
Helping MSU’s record-setting cause is all the renovations to the Bulldogs’ home stadium.
This is not just another SEC game for Miles and his Tigers. Miles lightheartedly acknowledges this.
“I think we need to petition to get some cowbells in our stadium,” said Miles, according to TheAdvocate.com’s Ross Dellenger. “Would be an enjoyable piece.”