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Miles managing expectations to stay close to home come bowl season

Originally Published: August 30, 2007
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Last season, LSU had quarterback JaMarcus Russell, the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. The Tigers had receivers Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis and free safety LaRon Landry, three more NFL first-round choices.

And the Tigers didn't even win the SEC West.

So as LSU begins the 2007 season ranked No. 2 in the polls heading into Thursday night's opener at Mississippi State (ESPN, 8 ET), Tigers coach Les Miles knows nothing is guaranteed. Even though LSU is an overwhelming favorite ...

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