LSU's Beatdown Over Washington Further Proves Tigers Defense Is Beyond Great

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterSeptember 9, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 08: Kasen Williams #2 of the Washington Huskies is unable to catch a pass inbounds while being defended by Tharold Simon #24 of the LSU Tigers during a game at Tiger Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Tyrann Mathieu is gone but the LSU Tigers' defense is as good as any in the country. The Tigers get great play from every level of the defense and after they dismantled a Washington team with one of the nation's up and coming quarterbacks; the Tigers are ready to roll.

As a football team the Washington Huskies have been a let down thus far in 2012. They played a tight game against San Diego State; and they played a beat down game against LSU.

Keith Price, one of college football's rising stars, could not even get the ball off because LSU's defense was sitting in his back pocket.

For those of you worried about how LSU would cope without Tyrann Mathieu, feel free stop the worry train. The Tigers are doing great. Instead of running designed "Tyrann Mathieu plays" this defense is playing great base looks.

All three levels of the defense are making plays and they are equal opportunity ball players. Defensive linemen make plays. Linebackers are showing up for their team. Defensive backs are getting into the action.

Alabama still sits as the top team in the country, but LSU is right behind them waiting for a date with the Tide in November.

As we roll to that game watch LSU's defense put on their defensive symphony. Each player moving in unison to the ball, linebackers filling gaps as defensive linemen get penetration and defensive backs batting down balls as linebackers add pressure to quarterbacks.

It's a thing of beauty.