BATON ROUGE, LA (LSUSPORTS.NET) - The next two days will serve as Fall Break on campus but it will be anything but that for the top-ranked LSU football team as the Tigers continue to prepare for Saturday’s matchup against Tennessee in Knoxville.
Kickoff for the Tigers and the Vols is scheduled for 2:39 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on CBS. A sellout crowd of over 102,000 is expected at Neyland Stadium for LSU’s first trip to Knoxville since the 2006 season.
LSU enters the game ranked No. 1 in the nation for the third straight week. The Tigers, who have won all six of its games by double-digits, are coming off a 41-11 win over Florida last week and stand at 6-0 overall and 3-0 in league play.
The Vols, who have been decimated by injuries, are coming off a 20-12 loss to Georgia. They are 3-2 overall and 0-2 in conference action.
“We had a good week so far,” head coach Les Miles said following Wednesday’s workout. “I enjoy how this team prepares and how they take the field each day at practice with the attitude of getting better.
“This team has fun and I enjoy the effort in which they work. There’s a real want to improve each day. We recognize it’s going to be a big game in an opponent’s stadium, and we’re looking forward to it.”
LSU teams have only won twice in Knoxville through the years, beating the Vols, 34-9, in 1988 and then again 28-24 in Miles’ only trip to Rocky Top in 2006.
Saturday also marks the return to Knoxville for LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis, who held the same position at Tennessee for 14 years. Chavis is in his third year at LSU and his Tiger defense currently ranks in the top 10 in the nation in four categories – scoring, total yards, rushing yards, and pass efficiency.
“He reminisces and enjoys the return,” Miles said of Chavis. “He wants to bring a great team and a great defense with him.”
Miles said that starting center P.J. Lonergan will make the trip and will try to play on Saturday. Lonergan was injured in the second half of last week’s win over Florida. Miles said that if Lonergan can’t go that senior T-Bob Hebert will take over at center for the Tigers.
LSU will practice again on Thursday with a walk-through slated for Friday morning. LSU is scheduled to depart for Knoxville at 1 p.m. on Friday.