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UT Assistant Says Bama, LSU “Believe They’re Going To Kick Your Butt”

Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney has seen #1 LSU and #2 Alabama up close on back-to-back weeks.  The Tigers topped his Vols 38-7 and the Tide followed that up with a nearly identical 37-6 win.

Yesterday, Chaney was asked what makes those squads’ defenses so special:

“The one common factor in both those teams is they walk on the field every Saturday expecting to win.

You say that about a lot of team, but they really deep in their heart and their soul believe that.

They both really believe they’re going to kick your butt.”

Alabama ranks #1 in the nation in total defense, LSU #4. 

Alabama ranks #1 in scoring defense and LSU #2. 

Alabama ranks #1 in rushing defense and LSU #3. 

Alabama ranks #2 in passing defense, LSU #9.



Given all the above stats, can someone please explain why LSU is ranked No. 1? This is a mystery to me. I do have my favorite but I would like a serious explanation. I am not trying to start any controversy but I guess I just don't understand the BCS ratings like I thought that I did.


........Vegasinsider has Oklahoma a 2:1 favorite...........



Those are just defensive statistics. They don't reflect offense or special teams. Also, LSU has played a bit tougher schedule to date facing Oregon on a neutral field and West Virginia on the road.

The rankings going into the game don't matter much anyway. It's the rankings come Sunday that will matter.

Thanks for reading,


I have looked at the offensive stats and they appear to favor LSU also. I do understand Sunday's ratings will be very important. Vegasinsider has Oklahom favorite to be National Champs if I read it right and I think I did. I do understand the difference between a Vegas handicapper and the BCS rankings but the Vegas guys have been around a lot longer than the BCS, what say you.

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