BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Notre Dame Coach Gerry Faust, the subject of dismissal talk since the collegiate football season began, said Tuesday that he doesn't feel any extra pressure to beat 17th-ranked Louisiana State following last week's 36-6 loss to No. 1 Penn State.

''There's always pressure,'' Faust said via telephone at a news conference. ''You better be able to live with it. It's a highly visiblespot. You can't please everybody.''

Faust, whose team is 5-4 with all losses on the road, said he is a positive thinker when it comes to his coaching position. ''There are reasons for everything. If it (dismissal) comes about, I'll worry about it then. I've not had the time to really think about it, to be honest.''

Notre Dame beat LSU 30-22 at Baton Rouge last year, and Faust said a victory Saturday at South Bend would be just as sweet.

''LSU is a much better team than last year at this time,'' said Faust. ''They have so many threats with their speed. They are a lot quicker than we are on both sides of the ball.''