When he isn’t coaching the Northwestern State football team, Bradley Dale Peveto often finds himself flipping the channels to find the LSU game.
Peveto served as an LSU assistant the first four years of the Les Miles era and recruited or coached several of the players on this year’s roster.
He still roots for the Tigers. He still likes to watch them play.
But this week, as Peveto prepared for the first Northwestern-LSU matchup in 69 years, he probably saw more film of the Tigers than he cared to.
Big, physical and blessed with Daytona-like speed, the nation’s No. 2 team is a blurry prototype?of Southeastern Conference football.
The Tigers had their way with Pac-12 power Oregon last week, churning?out 175 rushing yards and forcing four turnovers in a 40-27 win.
“If there’s a better football team in the country, I’d like to see them,” Peveto said.
And better than anyone, Peveto knows Miles won’t let his guard down. Not even when facing an FCS opponent. Not even when facing a former assistant.
“I can promise you, he’s full-steam ahead getting ready for the Demons right now,” Peveto said.
Peveto joined LSU’s staff in 2005 as the linebackers coach/special teams coordinator and was promoted to co-defensive coordinator, along with Doug Mallory, after the Tigers won the BCS title in 2007 and Bo Pelini left to become Nebraska’s head coach. A year later, Peveto, a former Northwestern?defensive coordinator,?headed north for his first head-coaching job.
Peveto?said he tried to take Miles’ thorough, workmanlike approach with him to Natchitoches. In fact,?he said?”about 99 percent of what?we do here” is based on how Miles runs the LSU program.
When he meets his old boss as a rival for the first time, Peveto?thinks Northwestern State will have more in common with the Tigers than the purple in their uniforms.
Miles, already,?seems to like what he sees.
“I have a lot of respect for Bradley Dale Peveto,” Miles said.?”He has them flying around and well-organized. He has a confident scheme, and they play solid football.”
Peveto has Northwestern off to a 1-0 start following?its 24-23?victory against Delta State in the opener and has?led the Demons to five?wins in their past seven?games.
It’s been all downhill since a nightmarish first season, when Northwestern finished 0-11 for the first time.
Down the road, the Demons, who face Southern Methodist next week before beginning?league play,?will look to win the Southland Conference title they nearly rallied to capture last year.
But Peveto considers the trip to Tiger Stadium more than an opportunity to catch up with old friends, take a gander at some of the?recruits?he?helped sign or collect a paycheck for his school.
“LSU’s a special place,” Peveto said.?”I’m looking forward to our football team getting to experience Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night.”