AUBURN, Ala. – Rankings aside, LSU coach Les Miles recognizes the challenges ahead in traveling to SEC West divisional rival Auburn.
LSU is 3-0 and ranked No. 2 in the country, while Auburn has tumbled out of a preseason coaches’ poll ranking with a 1-2 start.
“We recognize a tradition there. They’re still very capable. Two years removed from a national championship, so coach (Gene) Chizik will have them ready to play,” Miles said on Wednesday’s SEC conference call. “Kiehl Frazier’s coming into his own as a quarterback. He’s a very good athlete and has an ability to throw the ball.”
The home team has won 11 of the last 12 meetings between LSU and Auburn. The last time LSU came to Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn won 24-17 on its way to the BCS title.
“The venue’s tremendous. Big beautiful stadium. People there are very excited about their team,” Miles said. “Very classic SEC venue. Our team always looks forward to going there and playing in one of the real classic environments.”
LSU’s defense continues to be one of the nation’s strongest, and Miles lauded his offense and special teams for their efforts in three home non-conference blowouts.
“I liked the balance of our offense last game – 250 rush, 230 pass yards or thereabouts,” Miles said.
Miles complimented his transfer quarterback Zach Mettenberger for acclimating quickly to LSU’s system.
“He’s doing just what he needs to do. He’s much more comfortable under center,” Miles said. “We ask a lot of our quarterbacks and always will. But he’s minimized that and done a good job. Minus a couple of plays, he’s come and developing. His leadership ability has given us what we need.”