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Les Miles talks expectations and #21 pre-season ranking

LSU head coach Les Miles spoke with Scott Van Pelt on ESPN radio this afternoon about expectations and the Tigers #21 pre-season ranking.

Miles stated, “The pressure that we have here has always been to play to great expectations. The expectation of the 92,500 (at Tiger Stadium) is that the LSU Tigers are fixing to beat the living tar out of somebody.”

Van Pelt asked Miles if the 21st ranking bothers the head coach or his team.

“I don’t know that it’s bothersome. Our football team recognizes you earn what you get. We all recognize it’s not a compliment to us. It’s a compliment when you’re over-ranked. I think our guys are looking to make a point and prove they are a little under ranked this year.”

Asked to describe the atmosphere at Tiger Stadium, Miles responded, “Our fans are intimately involved in every play. So many other places, it’s 3rd down or a key drive late in the game. Here, there is impact made by them on every drive. It’s louder than anywhere I’ve ever been. They (our fans) know their names, what their numbers are, their majors.” 

LSU opens against North Carolina on Saturday night, September 2nd in the Georgia Dome.