LSU Tigers turn attention to bowl

It’s finally back to football for the LSU Tigers.

Final academic exams are over and now the Tigers are turning their attention to their football final — the game against Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year’s Eve night in the Georgia Dome.

LSU has not practiced since it finished the regular season with a 20-13 victory at Arkansas on Nov. 23.

The Tigers learned Dec. 2 that they would be headed to Atlanta to play Clemson, but other than an occasional distraction as all-star teams were announced, football was on the back burner while they finished the semester.

Now it’s full speed ahead for football.

On Wednesday, coach Les Miles, athletic director Joe Alleva and Chick-fil-A Bowl President Gary Stoken will discuss the upcoming bowl preparations at a news conference. On Thursday, the Tigers will resume practice.

Ninth-ranked LSU finished 10-2 and 6-2 in the Southeastern Conference, and Clemson finished 10-2 and 7-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

LSU will practice Thursday and Friday and take off Saturday and Sunday. The senior banquet will be held Sunday night.

The Tigers will resume practice Monday and work for six consecutive days on campus before breaking for Christmas. They’ll be off Dec. 23-25 and fly to Atlanta on Dec. 26.

They’ll begin the on-site bowl practices on the Dec. 27 and continue until the game.