It took a little longer than the LSU players and coaches would have liked and much longer than the fans would have preferred, but the Tiger defense finally flashed some nasty in the win over the Florida Gators in Death Valley last weekend.
Still the question remains whether this was a defense that has started to mesh and establish an identity and revert to the form we’ve known for the better part of the last decade, or if it was in part because Florida’s offense is just that bad.
I prefer to think it’s the former and the defense we saw on Saturday is the defense we’re going to see vs. the Ole Miss Rebels and moving forward.
Trey Mongrue from Dig Baton Rogue says in a season full of offense, LSU may have found its defense:
“The LSU defense not only kept the Gators out of the end zone for a full four quarters, but defensively they looked more like the Tigers fans have come to expect. What was most important was the defense turning in its first full performance without the LSU offense providing its usual 40-point cushion.”
This has to be a relief to Cam Cameron knowing a defense is there to have his back when Zach Mettenberger and company aren’t able to pile up first downs and visit the end zone a handful of times.
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The big challenge will be playing a complete game with that great offense we saw the first six weeks and the defense we saw vs. Florida.
Head coach Les Miles talks up his defense and Ole Miss during SEC call, writes Hugh Kellenberger from the Clarion-Ledger:
“I think our defense is improving,” Miles said. “I think they’re working at it everyday and I think they’re realizing what they need to do to take care of their responsibilities. … “This will be a team that athletically will eventually be one of the more talented defenses that we’ve had.”
And what does Miles think of the team he will see on Saturday that is in the midst of a three-game losing streak after starting off 3-0?
“Coach Freeze is doing a quality job getting them ready to play, and they’re playing teams extremely well. Recognize the rivalry that exists and we’re preparing for their best opportunity and for us to play our best.” [Via: Clarion-Ledger]
The rivalry continues Saturday night at 6 p.m. CT from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi and the game will be on ESPN2. LSU won last year 41-35 with a Jeremy Hill touchdown with 15 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.