I think it was the all-time great Trev Alberts who said that USC's defense was 2nd to none behind OU, although I don't remember exactly since those analysts have made such morons out of themselves I get them confused. Anyway I decided to match up their national rankings. We all know LSU is #1 in rushing and scoring defense, USC is #3 and #19 in rushing and scoring, respectively. Comparable....if you don't count scoring defense I guess. What surprised me is that USC has the 101st best past defense in the nation. 101st!! Thats out of 117, and also 71 spots behind LSU at 30th. Their pass effeciency defense ranking is 23rd, only 18 spots behind LSU at 5th. Surely, one would think that USC has played better passing teams than LSU in order for those gaps to be so wide, well here goes their opponents' overall passing offense numbers. Auburn - 64th BYU - 102nd Hawaii - 4th Cal - 27th Arizona State - 57th Stanford - 113th Notre Dame - 97th Washington - 50th Washington State - 51st Arizona - 109th UCLA - 107th Oregon State (haven't played yet) - 15th an overall average of 78.1 in the nation for those teams played thus far. also note that 5 out of 11 of their opponents rank 97th or lower in passing offense. Only Hawaii is in the top 25. Impressive group there, right? Here's the opponents of LSU, who allows 67 yards less in passing per game, while allowing 5 less touchdowns and have a pass effeciency defense of 94.25 to USC's 109.42. LA Monroe - 100 Arizona - 109 Georgia - 46 Mississippi State - 93 Florida - 44 South Carolina - 75 Auburn - 64 LA Tech - 25 Alabama - 81 Ole Miss - 22 Arkansas (haven't played yet) - 16 LSU's opponents average out at 65.9, or 12.2 BETTER than USC's, yet they still manage to have the better passing defense. Only 2 are worse than Notre Dame (USC's 5th worst) and 2 crack the top 25, albeit barely. LSU trumps USC in defense hands down, no questions asked, why was this topic even discussed? I'm just not sure what these analysts are analyzing, because it sure as hell isn't the numbers. And to think they're getting paid to do this! ps. I know I'm preaching to the quoir, but seriously what pipes are those a-holes hitting?