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Tigers report: Inside slant

Strategy and personnel
While most of college football prepared for a game last Saturday, LSU spent the week looking in the mirror and evaluating its own status.

The Tigers did the best they could to forget about being 5-0, 2-0 in the SEC and ranked sixth in the nation. Instead, they wanted to use the open date as a chance to correct, improve and prepare for a challenging second half that begins with Saturday's home game against Florida.

"Everyone has to take it in stride that we have to get better," receiver Michael Clayton told the Baton Rouge Advocate. "We've got some tough games coming up and everyone has to be on task to get better and be successful."

For now, the most important opponent LSU faces is the temptation to celebrate the season, get satisfied and stop working to improve.

"You have to try to shelter yourself from all the attention you get from TV and newspapers," offensive tackle Rodney Reed said. "You know what got you to 5-0. Florida is the 6-0 mark. I hope everyone looks at it as a one-game season now."

If last week's practice approach was any indication, the Tigers aren't getting caught up in their success. Coach Nick Saban was concerned when some of his players asked for a change in the practice schedule, but was relieved when he learned they simply wanted to practice earlier in the day so the players could leave town and go home for a day or two.

"The maturity of your team and how you handle and manage these types of things is real important," Saban said. "This team seems so far to have shown a lot of maturity."

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