LSU to pipe in cowbell sounds?

Updated: October 3, 2013, 6:20 PM ET
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LSU coach Les Miles has an idea to combat the noise when his team visits Mississippi State: More cowbell.

The Tigers, coming off a 44-41 loss to Georgia, have been preparing for Saturday's game by pumping in loud rap music during practice.

However, Miles knows from experience that if the home crowd gets riled up, his players will be hearing a different jingle.

"We're thinking that piping in cowbells is something we need to run Thursday," Miles told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "We piped in music pretty hard. Maybe the cowbells need a little tuning up."

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Butch Dill/Getty ImagesTo help prepare for Mississippi State crowd noise, LSU coach Les Miles is considering piping in cowbell sounds during the Tigers' practice Thursday.

Why cowbell?

According to the university's website, the cowbell is the "most unique and certainly the most resounding symbol of Mississippi State University."

"The team understands it needs to improve," Miles told the Times-Picayune. "There was a great effort collectively to operate that way [against Georgia]. There's a personal responsibility that takes place when a group of men finish second in a contest. Everybody has a little need to play well, to perform his role."

After falling four spots in the rankings to No. 10, LSU (4-1, 1-1 SEC) will look to get well against a program it has beaten in 20 of the past 21 games and 13 in a row. The defense might be facing two quarterbacks Saturday, though, and it's unclear who will start for the Bulldogs (2-2, 0-1) following their bye week.

Senior Tyler Russell, who threw for 2,897 yards and 24 touchdowns last year, has been cleared to return after suffering a concussion in a season-opening loss to Oklahoma State. But sophomore Dak Prescott has played well in his place and is a better dual threat.

Don't expect the Tigers to look past either one. Despite the loss to Georgia, LSU can win the Western Division without any help.

"I'll make reference to the big picture," Miles said. "More than anything, it's the short term. The most important need is to get us squared away and looking forward to this next team."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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