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College Football Rankings Week 7: Is LSU the Best Team in the Top 25?

Tyrann Mathieu is the top playmaker on a scary LSU defense. His electric playmaking ability in the LSU secondary has him in early Heisman conversations.
Tyrann Mathieu is the top playmaker on a scary LSU defense. His electric playmaking ability in the LSU secondary has him in early Heisman conversations.Chris Graythen/Getty Images
Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistOctober 9, 2011

The LSU Tigers have proven themselves as the best team in college football through six weeks of the 2011 season.

The Tigers will walk into Neyland Stadium to face the Tennessee Volunteers in Week 7 with a 6-0  record. Four of those six victories have come against Top 25 opponents, including a Week 1 victory over then-Top 5 Oregon.

LSU does not have an overwhelming offense. They are ranked 100th in the nation in passing yards per game and 48th in rushing yards. The LSU defense, however, is the ninth best scoring defense in the country. They are an elite unit. Big plays are not needed from the Tigers offense because of the ferocity of the Tigers' attackers.

The staunch Tigers defense allows LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee to do what he does best: Manage the game. Lee is not a high-profile talent in the pocket, but he makes sound decisions and understands the offense.

Lee understands his role on the LSU team. He leans on Spencer Ware and Michael Ford coming out of the backfield. Both are dangerous north-south runners.

The receiving core features Rueben Randle. He allows Lee to stretch the field when the opportunity presents itself. Odell Beckham and Russell Sheppard are very dangerous underneath. Their speed creates matchup problems.

LSU's powerful duo in the backfield takes a lot of pressure off of Lee to perform.

Combining this ground attack with the LSU defense makes it virtually impossible to win the possession battle against the Tigers.

The defense is stifling on all three levels. The defensive front creates a ton of pressure, while the secondary is the best in the nation. Cornerbacks Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne are as feared as any two players anywhere in the country.

LSU has the resume with their early season victories over their impressive non-conference slate.

Obviously, the SEC will present many more challenges before the season concludes. The most daunting challenge will come in Week 9 when LSU travels to Tuscaloosa to face the Crimson Tide.

Will LSU be the best team at season's end? That is hard to tell and tough to say. Are they the best team until Week 7 kicks off? Absolutely.

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