Les Miles behind the microphone is one of my favorite things in all of college football if not the world, because The Hat has a certain way with words and LSU’s head coach had another press conference on Monday after the Tiger’s first Outback Bowl practice that raised my eyebrows.
When asked who the 8-4 Iowa Hawkeyes remind Miles of he replied, “Glad you asked: Alabama, he said. “There are similarities between the Alabama team and Iowa.” Some of Iowa’s plays “they run” and the “style of throws that they throw” remind him of Bama.
Miles on Iowa: it’s going to be a great challenge for both clubs, a fight to the end. #LSU
— Scott Rabalais (@RabalaisAdv) December 17, 2013
Miles may be the only one in America comparing Iowa to Alabama, a team that has won three of the past four BCS National Championships and currently rank No. 3 in the country after losing their lone game on the season to Auburn in the final second on a 100-yard field goal return.
Nevertheless, Miles made the comparison, not because Iowa is capable of being a top-three team, but rather they run a power game with Mark Weisman and have an efficient quarterback in Jake Rudock whom Miles said is, “Tremendously efficient. Can make all the throws. Gets his team in the right checks. Get’s out of his hand fast. Good player.”
Furthermore, Alabama is known for their big, smart and disciplined linebackers who always seem to be in the right place at the right time and Miles characterized the Hawkeye linebackers in the same vein.
Miles on Iowa LBs: “Really talented. Really know football. Always in the right spot. Read their keys. Discipline.” #LSU
— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) December 17, 2013
Now gotta give credit to Miles for not giving Iowa any bulletin board material, because If it were me or any other number of LSU fans, we would have been behind the mic saying LSU should have no trouble destroying this middle-of-the-pack Big Ten team who missed a bowl game last year.
I’d continue by saying LSU has played much, much better teams this season than Iowa and put them away with ease and given Kirk Ferentz and his Iowa team plenty of bulletin board material in the process.
Then again that’s why I’m not the head coach of one of one of the best programs in college football and he is, but while there are some comparisons to Iowa and Alabama, I think Miles would admit off the record that even that was a bit of a stretch.
[h/t to the Advocate's Ross Dellenger and Scott Rabalais for the quotes from Monday's press conference]