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Inside the Program: Down to business

While the cameras were rolling for player interviews in LSU's weight room Tuesday, assistant coaches John Chavis and Brick Haley were in the far corner of the room, sweating on elliptical walkers.

It was a sign that just because ESPN was in town for an all-access day, it didn't mean the work stopped.

Indeed, the mood around the LSU football building was very business-like Tuesday. The biggest game of the year against Alabama was just four days away and while things looked normal around the campus and nearby neighborhoods, one could sense the excitement brewing just below the surface.

There was also a sense of trepidation. One student told me he was a little subdued because the first time since he's been an LSU student, he's not expecting the Tigers to win.

LSU players hear that, too. Bennie Logan talked Monday about not listening to what outsiders say. Zach Mettenberger spoke of keeping it "on the perimeter."

"All we can do," he said, "is keep going to work."

And that's what they did. Even before the visiting TV cameras loaded up the tour bus and hit the road, the work was well under way. The Tigers know that with an opponent like Alabama, it can never stop.