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?