LSU Survives and Thrives

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Now that LSU has proved it can overcome

off-the-field distractions and win impressively enough to climb to

the top of the rankings, the Tigers have to see how they'll handle


The Tigers are No. 1 after comfortable victories over three

ranked teams away from Tiger Stadium.

Miles says he takes it as a compliment and that being No. 1 is

"no burden."

Miles also says he believes a turbulent August that included the

suspensions of two starters seems to have strengthened his team's


Receiver Russell Shepard has returned from a three-game

suspension, but quarterback Jordan Jefferson remains suspended

indefinitely because of his felony batter arrest in connection with

a bar fight.