The question of the day Wednesday for LSU coach Les Miles, before and after practice, was the about the health of his safeties.
Will Eric Reid and Craig Loston be able to play Friday when the No. 1-ranked Tigers host No. 3 Arkansas in Tiger Stadium (1:30 p.m., CBS)?
Miles said during Wednesday morning’s Southeastern Conference coaches’ teleconference that he expects Reid (quadriceps) and Loston to play Friday.
After practice, Miles continued to be 100 percent positive about Loston but hedged somewhat when talking about Reid.
“He will definitely play in this game,” Miles said of Loston. “There isn’t any question.”
As for Reid, Miles said: “He ran today, but I really haven’t gotten the final report.
“Again, I’m pretty optimistic. He’s bright as a whip. He’s taken a lot of mental reps, anyway.”
Miles said he would take Reid’s desire to play in such a huge game into account, but stressed that he won’t play the junior from Dutchtown unless he is completely “ready to roll.”
“We have other players, good players,” Miles said. “Whoever takes the field for us will be a guy who can play.”
Miles said the Tigers will likely will play a mixture of man-to-man and zone coverages as they do most weeks.
Three for the BCS
While typically only two teams per conference may play in BCS bowls each season, there is a clause in the BCS rules which allows a third team from one conference if a conference winds up with two teams in the BCS championship game.
Rule 6 of the BCS selection procedures reads: “No more than two teams from a conference may be selected, regardless of whether they are automatic qualifiers or at-large selections, unless two non-champions from the same conference are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the final BCS standings.”
The easiest way for such a scenario to occur for the SEC would be for LSU to beat Arkansas, Alabama to beat Auburn and for LSU to lose to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. That could put LSU and Alabama in the BCS title game and send Georgia to the Sugar Bowl as the SEC champion.
Times of interest
Key times for Friday’s LSU-Arkansas game:
8 a.m. — LSU Athletic Ticket Office opens.
9 a.m. — LSU SportShop opens.
10:30 a.m. — Club level and suites open in Tiger Stadium.
10:45 a.m. — Student gates open.
11 a.m. — All remaining gates open.
11:30 a.m. — Team walks down Victory Hill.
12:05 p.m. — Band comes down Victory Hill.
1:15 p.m. — Senior Day presentation.
1:40 p.m. — Kickoff.
LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said there will also be a pregame moment of silence for Arkansas tight end Garrett Uekman, who died unexpectedly Sunday.
LSU leads the all-time series with Arkansas 34-20-2, although since the Razorbacks joined the SEC in 1992 the Tigers holding a slim 10-9 edge.
Arkansas has won three of the last four against LSU, including a 31-23 victory in Little Rock last year.
LSU leads 9-2-1 in Tiger Stadium, including a 33-30 overtime victory in 2009.
This game will feather the highest combined ranking for a game in Tiger Stadium since No. 1 LSU beat No. 3 Ole Miss in 1959.