LSU hasn't traveled this far northeast for a regular-season game since winning at Boston College in 1947. Miles pooh-poohs the road-trouble mantra of most coaches. "There is a confidence," he said, "and an enjoyment of a road venue that this team has now."
And why not? The Tigers have handled No. 3 Oregon in Jerry Jones Stadium, then went to No. 25 Mississippi State and left the Bulldogs with no bite. This is three ranked teams in four games for LSU, which plays in a conference that has five teams in the poll all higher than WVU.
Mountaineers cornerbacks coach David Lockwood understands what's headed for his alma mater. Before he returned to WVU for a second coaching stint in 2008, he spent the 2007 season in the SEC, at Kentucky.
In the Tigers' second national title season in five years - they got into the BCS championship when WVU fell to Pitt - Kentucky won at home in three overtimes over LSU. The Tigers' only two losses that '07 season were in 3OT (the other to Arkansas).
"As a whole, you look at that conference and there are a bunch of guys that are long and fast and strong, and it's more so when you see the defenses," Lockwood said. "As a whole, the Big East doesn't have guys like that, in those numbers.
"This is what big-time football is all about ... It's a chance to go out Saturday night and play one of the best teams in the country."
Is it size or speed? "Both," Lockwood said, "and depth."
LSU has hop-scotched between a 51/2- and 6-point favorite this week, and there's more than one reason the Tigers own the biggest spread for a non-conference team heading to Morgantown since top-ranked Ohio State was a 13-point favorite for a 34-17 season-opening win in 1998.
"They fit the mold," said WVU running backs coach Robert Gillespie, who coached in the SEC for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina from 2005-08. "They're big guys, and they can run, and they compete. There are a lot of good football players in that conference, and LSU probably has more than their fair share of 'em.
"They have a lot of depth. I think that's what sets them apart, and a lot of those guys are very interchangeable. The 1s and the 2s (on the depth chart) aren't that different."
West Virginia has an 18-game home non-conference winning streak. Impressive, until you consider that LSU has won 35 regular-season non-league games in a row, no matter the stadium.
It's a big game of contrasts. As Holgorsen replied this week when asked about similarities between the teams, "None whatsoever."
He said the Tigers will "put a tight end and fullback in the game, and they're going to come downhill and get after you. If you put too many people in there, then they're going to one-on-one you on the outsides with their talented receivers."
The Tigers aren't vanilla, and their coach is liable to have something under that hat. But mostly what WVU faces Saturday night is this:
Les just has miles and miles of talent.
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