I have a question. Maybe someone has pointed it out and I missed it. But is í12 ND Defense better than í11 LSU Defense? I ask because Iím hearing a lot of the experts say Bamaís offense hasnít dropped off last year versus this year on offense. Not saying it will turn out the same but I looked it up and here is the comparison. And LSU absolutely had some big NFL talent on the field last year. I believe much more than ND.
2011 LSU Defense
Total Defense 2nd (262 yds/gm)
Scoring Defense 2nd (11 pts/gm)
Rushing Defense 5th (90 yds/gm)
Passing Defense 8th (171 yds/gm)
2012 ND Defense
Total Defense 6th (287 yds/gm)
Scoring Defense 1st (10 pts/gm)
Rushing Defense 4th (92 yds/gm)
Passing Defense 21st (194 yds/gm)
The big thing that sticks out to me is that LSU was much better versus the pass with the likes of Reed, Claiborne, and company. Not to mention their pass rush. If the Bama OLine is truly the best in the country and AJ has a great game they should prevail.