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The Wildcats’ may have learned something from watching video of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, who threw for 463 yards against LSU last week. But Smith is one of the top quarterbacks in college football and was playing at home. Kentucky’s quarterback will have to contend with a deafening Death Valley crowd when he brings his team to the line of scrimmage.

“You can expect a loud, hostile crowd,” said Phillips, who also played for Kentucky in Tiger Stadium. “You’re going to be called every name under the sun except for your God-given name.”

LSU has not had to rely on its passing game much, but senior Jarrett Lee has been efficient moving the ball through the air. Lee also has shown he can strike for big plays. Against West Virginia, Lee hit freshman Odell Beckham Jr. for a 52-yard score.

“It’s becoming a more mature player and being smarter with football, and with that coaches become more confident in you and you can do those things,” Lee said.

Lee has completed 64.4 percent of his throws, with six TDs against one interception, showing vast improvement since his freshman season in 2008, when he threw 16 interceptions in eight starts and ultimately lost his starting job to Jordan Jefferson.

Lee was elevated back into a starting role about a week before this season, when Jefferson was suspended because of a bar fight that led to his arrest on felony battery charges. Jefferson was reinstated this week when a grand jury reduced his charges to a misdemeanor. But Miles said Lee remains the starter, while Jefferson, a better scrambler who can also run the option, could be used situationally.