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BATON ROUGE – If there was any doubt about what LSU’s mindset is going into Saturday’s Southeastern Conference Championship Game against Georgia in Atlanta, head coach Les Miles put that to rest on Wednesday saying his top-ranked Tigers are focused on one thing and that’s winning the conference title.
“There is no view of another game in my mind’s eye and I’m looking to play for victory in this one,” Miles said following Wednesday’s workout. “Again, year in and year out you play in this league, the opportunity for you is to win your division, certainly win the (SEC) West, and then you can get to the championship game.
“The opportunity to be an SEC Championship team is what we’re after. I promise you that I have no view of what’s coming after that. What’s coming after that will certainly take care of itself if we play well.”
LSU, ranked No. 1in the nation in all major polls, brings a 12-0 overall mark into the Georgia game. The Bulldogs, who have won 10 straight since starting 0-2, are 10-2 overall. They captured the SEC Eastern Division title with a 7-1 mark.
This will mark the third time that LSU and Georgia square off in the SEC Championship Game. LSU won the 2003 meeting between the teams, while the Bulldogs followed with a victory of their own over the Tigers in 2005. LSU is 3-1 all-time in SEC Championship Games.
LSU continued to prepare for the SEC title game with another workout indoors on Wednesday at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. Kickoff between the Tigers and the Bulldogs is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT from a sold out Georgia Dome.
“We’ve had a good week up to this point,” Miles said. “I like the speed with which our football team is operating right now. I like our preparation. The hard work is done. We’re looking forward to playing.”
Miles said that he expects both safety Eric Reid and running back Alfred Blue to be ready for action on Saturday. Reid and Blue both sat out the Arkansas game with leg injuries. Reid ranks third on the team with 58 tackles, while Blue is third in rushing with 445 yards and six touchdowns.
Miles said that despite being the 13th game of the season, the Tigers appear to be in good shape health-wise and go into the Georgia game with a great deal or energy.
“I think there’s a little extra energy in their step,” Miles said of his team. “At the end of every season, there are guys that have bumps and bruises, but you have to play through. I think this team has a really special energy about them.”



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