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LSU isn't overlooking App. State

There will be no sneaking up on LSU Saturday when Appalachian State meets the Tigers in Baton Rouge, La.

Last season the Mountaineers upset then-No.5 Michigan 34-32, in a game called by many the biggest college football upset ever.

And to some LSU players, it probably seems like they've been hearing about that game every day since then.

“Absolutely,” Tigers coach Les Miles said when asked on a conference call Monday if he had shown that Michigan tape to his players. “That's a great example for our team, that they've played quality teams well and played them on the road.

“We've seen a lot of the Michigan game.”

Miles gave the Mountaineers no bulletin board material.

“We like that we're playing a talented opponent,” he said. “Our guys prepared very, very well based on that …They've (ASU) made a tradition of playing great teams. They played N.C. State. They played Auburn very well.”

So Appalachian can expect LSU to be ready. Several of the players have mentioned recently that they like that fact.

Quarterback Armanti Edwards feels that the Mountaineers did not get enough credit for beating Michigan because the Wolverines, many think, took ASU lightly.

And defensive back Leonard Love of Charlotte added, “You can't sneak up on anybody for sure. They're going to give us their A++ from the opening kickoff.”

To that end, the Bayou Bengals had T-shirts printed up that read, “Not In Our House.” The Mountaineers found out.

“Oh yeah,” Love said with a laugh. “It's all over the weight room. Every time you weigh in, you're looking dead at it. So it's a little bit of motivation to start off a workout; it'll get you going.”

Last season during condition and camp, strength and conditioning coach Jeff Dillman played the Michigan fight song throughout the players' workouts.

“We got tired of hearing it and we vowed that we did not want to hear it on game day (after Michigan scores),” Love said. “He probably got the picture of the shirt. He'll take the smallest thing and post it all over the locker room to make guys mad.”

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