Wednesday, January 5th, 2011


The 11th-ranked LSU Tigers lightened their workload for their fourth AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic practice, devoting just a little under two hours in shorts and light pads under the lights at Cowboys Stadium.

LSU (10-2, 6-2 SEC) used its final full practice to fine-tune its game plan for the 17th-ranked Texas A&M Aggies (9-3, 6-2 Big 12), working on everything from special teams scenarios to play and substitution patterns in offensive and defensive sets. The Tigers did get to practice with added bonus of a team highlight video playing on the video screens throughout practice.

“It was kind of our final walk-through and rehearsed some of the situations. It was pretty sharp,” said head coach Les Miles.

Winners of three of its last four games, LSU is eager for its matchup against Texas A&M as it will have been 41 days since the Tigers’ last game, a 31-23 loss at Arkansas on Nov. 27. The 41 days is the longest span between games in a season in school history. Miles said he does not feel his Tigers will be out of rhythm when they hit the field for their final game of the 2010 season.

“We’ve been through it before,” Miles said of having the long break between games. “We don’t anticipate that. In fact, we were a little bit sharper today than we were yesterday.”

Following Wednesday’s practice, the LSU players will enjoy a quiet, restful evening at their headquarters hotel. The team will conduct a short walk-through on the Cowboys Stadium turf Thursday afternoon as its final preparation for Classic clash with the Aggies in prime time on Friday.

“We will anticipate this (game) to be a real quality, four-quarter game,” said Miles. “You’re going to have to come out fast and maintain a tempo that allows you to compete for four quarters. That’s how we’ve trained, that’s how we’ve planned and we figure this is going to be very competitive start to finish. Early lead or not, this is going to be four quarters and fight like heck to the finish.”

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.