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LSU facing early game

BATON ROUGE, La.(AP) — As a country kid, Domanick Davis is an early riser. But as a football player he doubts that he's ever played a game at 10 a.m. — not even a neighborhood game in the yard.

"Maybe not even then," Davis said. "That's kind of early."

Early, yes, but that's when LSU and Texas will be playing the first football of the new year, Jan. 1 in the Cotton Bowl.

"I've never played a game that early," sophomore linebacker Lionel Turner said. "That's early for us."

While LSU's tradition of night games in Tiger Stadium is legendary, third-year coach Nick Saban has preached that if LSU is to have a highly regarded program the Tigers have to be prepared to play at any time.

"We can't control those external things," linebacker Bradie James said. "We've got to control what we can do."

The Cotton Bowl, sponsored by SBC, was usually an early afternoon game until it hooked up with the Southeastern Conference in 1998.

The Capital One Bowl has a clause in its SEC contract that states the Cotton Bowl can't overlap with the first half of its game, which begins at noon Central time in Orlando, Fla. The Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., also kicks off shortly after 10 a.m. CST.

To prepare for the Cotton kickoff, Saban has scheduled all of LSU's game week practices for 10:30 a.m. except for the day the Tigers arrive in Dallas. LSU practices at 4 p.m. Dec. 26.

LSU will practice most of the week at the Dallas Cowboys' Texas Stadium in Irving, one day on grass at the Cowboys' Valley Ranch facility, and hold a New Year's Eve walk through at the Cotton Bowl.

"Last year at the Sugar Bowl we practiced at noon or something," Saban said. "I don't like to get the players up too early, but if you practice early when it's over the players have free time to enjoy themselves."

Texas will follow a similar schedule, starting its practices at SMU's Ford Stadium between 9:30-11:30 a.m. each day.

Fans in Dallas for the game shouldn't expect to see the Tigers out on the streets at midnight on New Year's Eve. They'll have long since been tucked in for curfew with a probable 6 a.m. wakeup call waiting for them on gameday.

No matter when kickoff is, the Tigers' pregame routine starts four hours before.

"There's a formula for all this stuff," Saban said. "Pregame meal is four hours before kickoff. Church is 30 minutes before that, so we might have to have that the night before.

"It will be reveille."

LSU facing early game

BATON ROUGE, La.(AP) — As a country kid, Domanick Davis is an early riser. But as a football player he doubts that he's ever played a game at 10 a.m. — not even a neighborhood game in the yard.

"Maybe not even then," Davis said. "That's kind of early."

Early, yes, but that's when LSU and Texas will be playing the first football of the new year, Jan. 1 in the Cotton Bowl.

"I've never played a game that early," sophomore linebacker Lionel Turner said. "That's early for us."

While LSU's tradition of night games in Tiger Stadium is legendary, third-year coach Nick Saban has preached that if LSU is to have a highly regarded program the Tigers have to be prepared to play at any time.

"We can't control those external things," linebacker Bradie James said. "We've got to control what we can do."

The Cotton Bowl, sponsored by SBC, was usually an early afternoon game until it hooked up with the Southeastern Conference in 1998.

The Capital One Bowl has a clause in its SEC contract that states the Cotton Bowl can't overlap with the first half of its game, which begins at noon Central time in Orlando, Fla. The Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., also kicks off shortly after 10 a.m. CST.

To prepare for the Cotton kickoff, Saban has scheduled all of LSU's game week practices for 10:30 a.m. except for the day the Tigers arrive in Dallas. LSU practices at 4 p.m. Dec. 26.

LSU will practice most of the week at the Dallas Cowboys' Texas Stadium in Irving, one day on grass at the Cowboys' Valley Ranch facility, and hold a New Year's Eve walk through at the Cotton Bowl.

"Last year at the Sugar Bowl we practiced at noon or something," Saban said. "I don't like to get the players up too early, but if you practice early when it's over the players have free time to enjoy themselves."

Texas will follow a similar schedule, starting its practices at SMU's Ford Stadium between 9:30-11:30 a.m. each day.

Fans in Dallas for the game shouldn't expect to see the Tigers out on the streets at midnight on New Year's Eve. They'll have long since been tucked in for curfew with a probable 6 a.m. wakeup call waiting for them on gameday.

No matter when kickoff is, the Tigers' pregame routine starts four hours before.

"There's a formula for all this stuff," Saban said. "Pregame meal is four hours before kickoff. Church is 30 minutes before that, so we might have to have that the night before.

"It will be reveille."