LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) prepares to pass the ball against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Auburn 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Poll: What Happened to the Defense in the SEC


Earlier today, ESPN posted an article on a topic that seriously needs to be addressed. What in the world happened to the defense in the SEC? It was only two years ago that LSU played Alabama in the “Game of the Century” and neither team found the end-zone. The SEC, a conference so highly praised for their defense, has  basically abandoned it. Instead the SEC is focusing far more on their new explosive offenses.

In week three Alabama allowed an astonishing 628 yards of total offense and 42 points to Texas A&M. It is crazy to think that the defending National Champions and the top-seeded team in the country would give up that much offense to anyone, but what is even more bizarre is Bama won the Game. The Crimson Tide put up 568 yards, 49 points and knocked off the Aggies in College Station.

Who would have imagined that LSU would score 41 points in any game and not win it? LSU has been known for their rock solid defense. Take a look at the Arizona Cardinals. This one NFL team has three former LSU defenders making a big impact for their NFL squad. LSU scored 41 points against Georgia on Saturday, but the defense couldn’t stop the Bulldogs from hanging 44 on them and taking the victory.

Les Miles thinks the Georgia game was just a fluke defensively. When asked if SEC fans should expect a video game-like scoring fest every week he responded,

God, I hope not, I think we can throw the football. I think there are quarterbacks in this league that can do the same. I think there are wide receiver corps that run routes and make catches. I think we can play defense better than [Saturday] night.

This season has been far more entertaining to watch SEC games than in years past, but is the SEC really done having dominating defenses or is this just a temporary thing?

Is the SEC done having dominating defenses?

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  • Trey Parker

    Let’s just see what happens when the sec gets the crystal ball again!

  • Michael Wanninger

    What happened to the SEC defenses? The NFL. Alabama has been placing 3-4 defensive players in the 1st round of the NFL draft for several years. LSU, GA and SC had 7 or 8 defensive players drafted last year alone. I am surprised LSU even has a defense after the NFL backed a bus up to Baton Rouge and took most of the team (not quite that many but it appeared that way.) Add the best QB’s in the NCAA with the Heisman trophy Manziel of A&M, 2 time National Champion QB McCarron of Alabama, Murray of Georgia and Mettenberger of LSU. Plus Bo Wallace of Miss. and Shaw of SC ain’t bad. So suddenly the best of the SEC best defensive players play on Sunday and 5 or 6 of the top 10 QB’s in the national play in the SEC – boom big points. It will cycle back.

    • Ross Brown

      Well put Michael. The dominating defensive players are playing in the NFL. It will cycle back for sure but could it cost the SEC a year without a championship?

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