Quiet excitment around LSU's campus

November, 1, 2011
11/01/11
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- For now, everything is peaceful on campus.

Students were trudging around after what was surely a fun Halloween in Baton Rouge. The number of Honey Badger costumes had to be staggering.

There are "Beat Bama" signs sitting in a few yards outside of campus and the students seem more eager than the players and coaches.

Linebacker Ryan Baker said that his phone has been inundated with text messages and phone calls all about Alabama. It can get a little overwhelming, but Baker said it adds even more excitement to the game.

Defensive end Barkevious Mingo said one thing that helps him is the fact that head coach Les Miles is as loose as ever. It might sound weird for a head coach, even for a coach as unorthodox as Miles, to keep the same demenor he's had all season for a game of this magnitude, but his players certainly don't mind.

"If he's calm," Mingo said, "we're calm."

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