Miles: No hangover from BCS title game loss
LSU coach Les Miles says his team is looking forward to the 2012 football season as a makeup for its disastrous performance in the 21-0 BCS title game loss to Alabama, but declined to characterize it as a hangover. "There's an understanding we had the best record in college, 13-1," The Times-Picayune quotes Miles as saying during the SEC coaches spring teleconference today. "We won the conference, won the Western Division, and frankly beat the national champions at their home stadium." Before being manhandled in a rematch in the BCS title game, the Tigers got a 9-6 overtime victory in November against the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. "They [LSU players] recognized that they achieved greatly; they didn't play well in their last game. There's a real hunger and want to start the season. Anytime you finish a season on a negative note, you return to the opener in the beginning of next season with a real anxious want. That's very much the case here," Miles says. "I've never been 13-1. I certainly enjoyed it for a long stretch. We were the No. 1 team in the country for 11 straight weeks and answered that bell well. It's hard for me to talk about coming off a season of great achievement with a hangover." Miles also talked about the effect quarterback Zach Mettenberger will have on the LSU offense as he takes over to start his junior season. Read the full story here.
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