NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is trying to take the long view of how playing some of the nation's top teams early in the season will help his Commodores.
Still, the coach isn't looking for moral victories.
"That's not what this game is about," Mason said. "Now as a coach you got to step back and make sure you don't overreact to anything that you see. But I understand that right now this game is critical to us. I know it's critical to LSU, but it's critical to us too. We feel like we need to play our best ball. We need it now, and that's what we're playing to do on Saturday is play our best."