Idaho prepares for noise in Baton Rouge

Idaho prepares for noise in Baton Rouge
MOSCOW, ID – On Saturday when the Vandals square off against LSU in Baton Rouge, they will do so in front of more than 92,000 screaming Tiger fans.

The volume has been cranked up at practice during the week as the coaching staff at Idaho prepares the team for their biggest game ever.

Vandals head coach Robb Akey said they are getting their players ready for both the mental and physical challenges of this game and would love nothing more than to upset a team with a shot at the national title.

“They call it Death Valley for a couple reasons,” said Akey. “They’re a physical football team and they do physically whoop some folks. I think a lot of people have lost the game before they ever go in there. They’re going to be in the hunt for it all. I would love nothing more than to be able to pop a bubble.”

On the flipside, while his answers may seem a bit political when talking about Idaho, LSU head coach Les Miles says he respects how Idaho plays. He also acknowledged that it is teams like the Vandals that have a tendency for the major upsets.

“Those teams that come in that you best come to play football with the same intensity that you play well with,” said Miles. “And it’s not necessarily the name that drives you. I have respect for our opponent; I believe this team is good enough.”

The Vandals and Tigers have played once before back in 1998 where LSU picked up the 58-20 victory. That same year Idaho won its first Humanitarian Bowl with a victory our Southern Miss.