It is no secret that LSU has featured one of the top defenses throughout college football over the past several years.
The mastermind behind those dominant defenses is none other than LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis.
Chavis, or "The Chief" as his players know him, is entering his fifth season in Baton Rouge. Under his guidance, this LSU defense has been exceptional. However, Chavis has never had the issue of replacing seven starters on the defensive side of the ball, which is something that he will try to overcome in 2013.
The Tigers' 2013 schedule is far from easy, so which opposing offenses will give Chavis and this LSU defense the most trouble this season?
Let's go ahead and find out.
Right here, right now!
Georgia featured one of the top offenses throughout the country last season thanks in large part to the exceptional play of quarterback Aaron Murray.
Well, Murray is back again, with another year of starting experience under his belt and a whole offseason to improve.
The Bulldogs scored more than 37 points per game last season, and that was with an unbalanced run game, which was left unclear after the departure of Isaiah Crowell.
Now, in 2013, both this passing game and running game should be improved, which is scary to even think about.
Playing Georgia on the road in late September with seven new starters on defense. That's a lot to handle.
It would be shocking if Alabama isn't the No.1-ranked team in the country when the preseason polls are released this summer.
Nick Saban's team is always exceptional on the defensive side of the ball, but this very well could be his best offensive unit since he began coaching at Alabama back in 2007.
Quarterback A.J. McCarron should be a preseason Heisman Trophy candidate, and rightfully so. He is surrounded by exceptional athletes, including running back T.J. Yeldon, who could be the most explosive player in all of college football next season.
Alabama averaged nearly 40 points per game last year and that number should only grow in the upcoming season.
Any place, any time, no one wants to play Alabama.
The Crimson Tide are simply that good.
I mentioned in the previous slide that A.J. McCarron should be a Heisman Trophy finalist heading into this season.
Well, as of now, that prestigious award belongs to none other than sophomore-to-be standout Johnny Manziel, who is a step past a celebrity in the college football world.
Manziel was hands-down the most electric player in the nation last season...as a freshman.
Can you imagine how good this kid will be as a sophomore?
Chavis and this LSU defense held Johnny Football in check for the most part last season. The freshman sensation managed just 27 yards on the ground against this suffocating LSU defense last season. He did pass for 276 yards, but he threw the ball 56 times while getting picked off on three separate occasions.
Make no doubt that Chavis will be ready for Round 2 of this heavyweight fight this season. Nonetheless, facing Johnny Football is never an easy task—no matter how good your defense may be.