Monday, January 3rd, 2011


Under the perfect conditions of an enclosed Cowboys Stadium, the 11th-ranked LSU Tigers engaged in a second spirited practice in shorts and light pads for the 75th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.

LSU continued its preparation for its Jan. 7 date with No. 17 Texas A&M (9-3, 6-3 Big 12) with a two-hour workout session in shorts and light pads. The Tigers spent time in on small group instruction and game-situations with its first-team units on offense and defense, piping in crowd noise at times to simulate live game atmosphere.

“Our guys like to practice,” said head coach Les Miles. “This is a beautiful facility to play, to practice in. So when our guys come in here, they get fired up and frankly they are looking forward to playing in this game. I can’t imagine there is a finer facility in the world to play in. I think this will be a BCS bowl game here pretty quick.”

Though the Tigers have not seen Texas A&M on the gridiron in 15 years, the two programs have a long history that dates back all the way back to a first meeting in 1889. The two teams are meeting for the 50th time in the 2011 edition of the Classic with LSU holding a 26-20-3 series advantage. The series is tied 3-3-1 when the teams have met on a neutral field with the Tigers winning the last neutral-site meeting, a 19-14 victory in the 1994 Orange Bowl in Miami, Fla.

“We have to move the football against (Texas A&M); they are a very stingy defense in my opinion. We have to throw it efficiently and run it well,” said Miles. “In their offense, they can throw and catch and have a very fine tailback. Our defensive front must handle their offensive line. In that happens, they will be a piece of (our success in the game).”
The Tigers will experience another AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic favorite Monday night with a trip to Lawry’s The Prime Rib in Addison, Texas, for time-honored tradition of the Lawry’s Beef Bowl. After an evening of enjoying some prime Texas beef, the Tigers will be back on the practice field Tuesday afternoon for their third-straight practice on the Cowboys Stadium turf. Practice is closed to the media and public.

Observing 75 years of college football tradition, the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic moves into primetime under the lights on Friday, Jan. 7. Airtime on FOX Sports is 7:00 p.m., with kickoff slated for 7:27 p.m. FOX Sports will have a blanket coverage of the broadcast with Kenny Albert and former Dallas Cowboy fullback Daryl Johnston calling the action from the booth, Charles Davis and John Lynch reporting from the sidelines, the legendary Pat Summerall serving in a new role as the Classic's essayist and Chris Rose hosting the telecast from the sidelines. Providing insight from an officiating perspective will be Mike Pereira, the former vice president of officiating for the NFL.

For the 19th consecutive year, the Classic will be heard around the world on the Westwood One Radio Network. Describing the action for Westwood One will be Brad Sham, the “Voice of the Dallas Cowboys,” and former UCLA head coach Terry Donahue.