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The success of the LSU Tigers' defense has been well-documented so far this season. They rank eighth in scoring defense, allowing just 12.5 points a game and 254 yards a game—good for third in the nation in total defense.
The Tigers' defense is a total team effort, and overall has 13 sacks—48 TFL—and has created 15 turnovers (eight fumbles and seven interceptions). Despite the total team effort, the Tigers have individuals who are so highly-skilled alone that they can change a game with one or two plays.
Cornerbacks Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne are the superstars of this Tigers defense. They rarely get beat down the field, and opposing offenses like to shy away from throwing their direction because of their tremendous pass-defending abilities. Claiborne and Mathieu have combined for 65 tackles, six tackles for a loss, four interceptions, six passes broken up and four forced fumbles. They are easily the top CB combo in the nation.
Not only are the Tigers' corners talented, but so too is their defensive line.
Led by the likes of Sam Montgomery, Michael Brockers and Barkevious Mingo, the Tigers' D-line has been dubbed the "Freaks." The D-line of the Tigers has combined for 124 tackles through six games, and 29 of them for a loss. They have also racked up 10.5 of LSU's 13 sacks.
But the most impressive stat from the defensive line of the Tigers is their rush-defense. The Tigers allow an average of just 69 yards a game on the ground, which will be integral for the success of the team the rest of the season.
It is apparent that if the Tigers' defense continues to have the success they have been having through the first six games this season, they cannot lose a game. Their defense is that good.