LSU players want to keep Les Miles ‘off the hot seat’

LSU coach Les Miles enters Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against North Carolina (8 p.m. ET) after two underachieving seasons in which his team finished 8-5 and unranked and 9-4 and ranked 17th along with an 8-8 mark in the Southeastern Conference after top 10 preseason rankings and lofty expectations. That followed a 34-6 record and 19-5 run through the SEC in his first three seasons with a national championship and SEC title in 2007 and an SEC West title in 2005.