BATON ROUGE - Sandwiched between its biggest non-conference game of the season (Washington) and next week's Southeastern Conference opener (Auburn), second-ranked LSU hosts Idaho on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, but don't expect the Tigers to be looking past the winless Vandals.
The Tigers continued their preparations for Idaho on Wednesday with what LSU coach Les Miles called a "competitive, ornery and physical" practice here indoors at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. LSU goes into the Idaho game with a 2-0 mark following last week's 41-3 win over Washington in Tiger Stadium.
Already three weeks into the regular season, Miles used a portion of his post-practice media session on Wednesday to reflect on just how fast the season goes by.
"It's amazing how fast game week goes," Miles said. "You study your opponent and your different sections and segments of the game plan. Monday's practice is different than Tuesday's, Tuesday is different than Wednesday and Wednesday is different than Thursday. Thursday, you clean up some lose ends, Friday it's a walk and Saturday you're playing a game. That's game week. Football takes every minute and takes everybody's direct focus to make it work."
With a 2-0 start, which includes blowout wins over North Texas and Washington, Miles said he likes where the Tigers are heading into the Idaho game.
"I think our football team is in a good place," Miles said. "It was a very good practice today. That's what we needed. We're not perfect in any way. It wasn't a tremendously sharp practice; it was a very good, very quality Wednesday practice. The need for this team to count these practices and development to make sure we improve is tremendously important. We play a very quality team, a team that can make it very difficult and we need to be ready."
Idaho, who is just two years removed from winning a bowl game, is coming off a 21-13 loss to Bowling Green last week. Idaho opened the year with a loss to Eastern Washington.
LSU will have one more day of practice preparation for Idaho on Thursday afternoon followed by a walk-through on Friday. Kickoff between the Tigers and the Vandals is slated for 7 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised on LSU's pay-per-view network, TigerVision.