ORLANDO - Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium took a pounding in Tuesday night's Champs Sports Bowl, with big chunks of turf occasionally popping up during plays. That could be a factor tomorrow, especially given the speed advantage that LSU has over the Nittany Lions.

"Bad turf always slows down fast players," LSU offensive coordinator Gary Crowton said. "But it is what it is, so you just can't worry about the turf. You've got to play. It's going to affect both sides, so you've just got to not worry about it and move on."

After Penn State cocaptains Daryll Clark and Sean Lee voiced their concerns about field conditions, defensive coordinator Tom Bradley was succinct.

"It's the same field for both teams," he said. "It doesn't make any difference at all. We're all playing at the same place."

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