LSU and Alabama will square off in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in exactly two weeks. Monday's workout was the first of what will be 10 practices for the Tigers between now and kickoff on Jan. 9. Kickoff between the nation's top two ranked teams is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with ESPN televising the game.
LSU, winners of a nation's best 14 straight games, is 13-0 overall and ranked No. 1 in the nation. Included in one of LSU's wins was a 9-6 overtime victory over Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide is 11-1 overall and ranked No. 2 in the nation. It's the first time that LSU and Alabama have met in the postseason.
"Everybody returned and it was a pretty lively practice," LSU coach Les Miles said after the workout. "We started a little rusty but that is why we get them back early. They had a lot of retention and we ran well after practice. We were able to get a lot accomplished. We are still working on the game plan and going LSU vs. LSU. We had a good practice today."
The Tigers worked out against the Alabama scout team on Monday but also spent time going "good against good" in an effort to simulate the speed of the game in two weeks. Miles said the Tigers will continue to spend a portion of each practice going "LSU against LSU".
Miles said that his team is excited to be finishing the season in the Superdome in New Orleans, a venue that has seen the Tigers win national titles in both 2003 and 2007. LSU goes into the Alabama game having won nine straight in domed stadiums and the Tigers are 24-6 all-time in domed venues.
"We are playing a significant game and this team has always enjoyed playing in big games," Miles said. "Everybody is looking forward to play in this game. They look forward to a game that will be physical and significant.
"It's a wonderful opportunity knowing that you are the last game. You get to watch all the other teams in the country play their bowl games. There is a lot of football to be played before we take the field, certainly other bowl games and the NFL is finishing their season. There is a want to do well in New Orleans. It is nice to play a significant game close to where you go to school and close to home at the end of the season."
The Tigers will practice again on Wednesday before taking Thursday off.