With three weeks to go before the LSU Tigers and Alabama Crimson Tide meet in the BCS National Championship Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, the two SEC schools have vastly different approaches to this week.
For the Tigers, they'll have three practices this week before breaking for the holiday, head coach Les Miles announced on Monday.
"Let them enjoy Christmas," Miles said. "We'll bring them back with 10 practices to go. We'll put in the remainder of the game plan and practice it well in the final week while we're in New Orleans."
Meanwhile, Alabama returns to practice this week after having three weeks off and will practice until Friday.
"We're going back and starting this just like we're starting camp over, first day of practice, same installments, same fundamentals," Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said on Monday.. "We'll do that all five days this week."
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