News:LSU allowed 13 points against Arkansas on Friday.
Analysis: The Tigers sacked Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson once while intercepting one pass. The LSU defense regressed this year, allowing 16.9 points per game, presumably due to the departures of cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu for the most part.
News:LSU allowed 35 points against Mississippi on Saturday.
Analysis: The Mississippi offense is good, but this is still a weak showing by the Tigers. They did, however, score on a punt return while forcing three sacks, three interceptions and a fumble recovery. Look for a better showing against Arkansas.
News:LSU allowed 17 points against Mississippi State on Saturday.
Analysis: The Tigers returned an interception for a touchdown, as well, adding two sacks and a fumble recovery. They probably won't do as well against Mississippi, but the Tigers are still an advised start in most cases.
News:LSU allowed 19 points against Texas A&M on Saturday.
Analysis: It's something to be proud of. A&M is likely one of the nation's five scariest offenses right now. The Tigers intercepted three passes and sacked Johnny Manziel three times, recovering a fumble, too. It's hard to suggest LSU owners should bench the Tigers in any scenario.
News:LSU allowed 21 points against South Carolina on Saturday.
Analysis: The Tigers added four sacks and two interceptions. With how dominant Texas A&M's offense has been, however, we don't like the Tigers much next week.
News:LSU allowed 14 points against Florida on Saturday and faces South Carolina at home this week.
Analysis: The South Carolina offense is more intimidating than the Florida one, so this will be a tough game for for the LSU defense. Most owners will have trouble finding a better option, however.
News: Although they forced three sacks and recovered three fumbles, the Tigers allowed 22 points to Towson on Saturday.
Analysis:LSU has a tough matchup with Florida on the road coming up, but most LSU owners will struggle to find superior alternatives.
News:LSU allowed 14 points against Idaho on Saturday.
Analysis: The Tigers had no sacks and recovered no fumbles, but they intercepted four passes and took two back for touchdowns. LSU should feast on a dysfunctional Auburn offense this week.
News:LSU held Washington to three points on Saturday.
Analysis: The Tigers added four sacks and an interception. LSU has an extremely easy schedule until October, and the defense will feast on Idaho, Auburn and Towson over the next three weeks.
News: Against the vaunted LSU defense, Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms looked terrible as he completed just 6-of-20 passes for 128 yards and two interceptions.
Analysis: Simms is not at all a replacement for Tyler Bray so leave him in the waiver pool.
News: The nation's top defense made for a horrific performance from Kentucky as the Wildcats mustered just 155 total yards. Morgan Newton threw a touchdown pass but was pulled in favor of Maxwell Smith who didn't do much better on the day.
Analysis: LSU's defense is just nasty and will wreak havoc on everyone this year.
News: With the way the Kentucky offense has been playing, it would be a miracle if they can even reach the endzone on the LSU Tigers.
Analysis: LSU's defense is ironclad and should be started every week regardless of the opponent.
News: LSU starting left tackle Chris Faulk left the game against Mississippi State with a leg injury.
Analysis: Anytime you lose a starting lineman it hurts, but with their stifling defense, the Tigers should be just fine.
News: The LSU Tigers got some good news on the defensive side of the ball as defensive end Sam Montgomery has fully recovered from a knee injury suffered in the middle of last season and is ready to go.
Analysis: Montgomery was a member of the Freshman All-SEC team after recording six tackles for loss despite only starting five games.
News: LSU strong safety Brandon Taylor is back and fully healthy after missing the last four games of the 2010 season and spring ball.
Analysis: Taylor should team up with Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne to form one of the best secondaries (and defenses) in the country.
LSU Defense Plays to Level of Competition in Week Twelve
News:Analysis: Hats off to Houston Nutt for having his Ole Miss Rebels ready to ruin the nearly-undefeated season of the eighth-best team in the country this past Saturday. Mississippi's offense played inspired football on the road in Baton Rouge and seemed unfazed by either the defense on the other side of the ball or the hostile environment in which it played. The Rebels lost its Week 12 matchup by just a touchdown, but in the process put up 36 points - the most allowed ANY opponent all season by the Tigers - and racked up 420 yards of total offense. On the ground, the Rebels were surprisingly effective, with the combination of Brandon Bolden and Jeremiah Masoli accounting for all but one of Ole Miss' scores in the loss. That signals bad news for LSU and good news for the Tigers' next opponent - Arkansas. Knile Davis has proven he's one of the SEC's most dangerous rushers over his past three starts and could make life rather difficult on the ground in a Week Thirteen showdown against LSU on the road in Baton Rouge.
News:Analysis: LSU's defense held ULM scoreless, forced five turnovers and limited the Warhawks to just 190 yards of total offense Saturday in a 51-0 route in Baton Rouge. The Tigers host Ole Miss at home in Week Twelve, and should have an easy time keeping the Rebels under wrap, with Brandon Bolden perhaps the only true offensive threat Les Miles' unit will have to account for.
News:Analysis: Looking at the box score from Saturday's game between LSU and Alabama, a couple of things stick out. First, the Tigers allowed the Crimson Tide just seven points in the first half - this off a one yard pass by Greg McElroy to running back Trent Richardson. Second, Alabama was unable to put points on the board between the 2:30 mark in the third quarter and 3:23 left in game. Third, tailback Mark Ingram was held under 100 yards rushing for his fifth-consecutive start, while LSU held the Crimson Tide to a collective 102 yards on the ground. That's a pretty impressive accomplishment against an offense that boasts last year's Heisman Trophy winner and Trent Richardson. A late score in the game by the Crimson Tide on a nine-yard pass from McElroy to Julio Jones made things a bit too close for comfort for Les Miles' squad. Still, that LSU's defense allowed just 21 points to Alabama - tied for the lowest point total this season with the Tide's 35-21 loss on 10/9 to South Carolina - shows just how serious the boys from Baton Rouge are about leaving their own indelible mark on the SEC West in 2010.
News:Analysis: LSU allowed 10 points against McNeese State Saturday while totaling two sacks, an interception, a fumble recovery and a safety. We think you should really, really try to find another option as they take on Auburn.
News:Analysis: LSU allowed 14 points against West Virginia Saturday while totaling an interception, a fumble recovery and a punt return touchdown. Patrick Peterson has emerged as one of the nation's better punt returners, so special teams touchdowns could remain ahead for LSU. They've got a nice matchup against Tennessee coming up.
News: LSU held Vanderbilt to 135 yards and only three points Saturday.
Analysis: This defense is really showing it's teeth and is one of the best in the SEC. Pick them up if they are still available in your league.
News: LSU's defense limited North Carolina to a minuscule 24 yards on 33 rushing attempts in Week 1, but they surrendered 412 yards through the air and nearly allowed the Tar Heels to come back from a 20-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Analysis: A quarter of North Carolina's passing yards came on a 97-yard touchdown pass, but it's not a good sign that LSU already appears vulnerable through the air. The Tigers' Week 2 opponent, Vanderbilt, was among the worst passing teams in the nation last season, so the Tigers should have a better performance in Week 2.
News: LSU's defense gave up 452 yards of offense in their loss to Alabama last Saturday.
Analysis: LSU's defense has played well this season; but they could not do much to stop quarterback Greg McElroy or running back Mark Ingram, who combined for 441 yards in the game. Expect a better performance by the Tigers when they take on Louisiana Tech in Week 11.