“If we score, we may win. If they never score, we’ll never lose.”

Say what you will, this is an impressive achievement.

Screenshot_2020-01-15 cfbstats com - 2019 National Team Leaders

Take a walk down memory lane, from Todd Grantham to now:

  • 2013:  29.0 ppg (79th)
  • 2014:  20.7 ppg (16th)
  • 2015:  16.9 ppg (7th)
  • 2016:  24.0 ppg (35th)
  • 2017:  16.4 ppg (6th)
  • 2018:  19.2 ppg (14th)
  • 2019:  12.6 ppg (1st)

Yeah, one of those years is really unlike the others.  But Dan Mullen thinks that guy is the best DC in college football.

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36 responses to ““If we score, we may win. If they never score, we’ll never lose.”

  1. And we should do whatever we can to keep Dan thinking that.

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  2. Skeptic Dawg

    Should I be excited or angered after reading this stat? Excited about what Kirby has been able to do with our defense in such a short amount of time. Not only do we have talent and play fundamentally sound, but the depth on hand is incredible. And then the offense. Where do I begin? It appears that as much as Kirby knows about defense, he knows that much less about offense. The guy refuses to view the offense as a weapon and plays such a risk adverse style. Well, the one thing that we can all agree on is that defense no longer wins championships. 2020 will certainly be a telling year for the Dawgs and Kirby.

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    • Well, the one thing that we can all agree on is that defense no longer wins championships.

      Cool. Now do Oklahoma.

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      • Skeptic Dawg

        Ok… http://www.cfbstats.com/2019/leader/national/team/offense/split01/category09/sort01.html

        Oklahoma finished 6th nationally in scoring offense. Any guesses as to who was 1st in the nation? And did you see where LSU ended up in scoring defense?

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        • Oh, believe me, I do. We just talking about one season, or a trend, though?

          LSU finished 31st in scoring defense. That’s above average, by the way. They were also top twenty defensively in Connelly’s SP+ ratings.

          Clemson and Ohio State were 3rd and 4th in scoring defense.

          If you’re going to take LSU’s offense as proof of something bigger than having an unbelievable season that overrode everything else, be my guest. I’ll stick with defense mattering more than you suggest.

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          • ASEF

            On the other hand…

            Clemson took apart a very highly ranked Bama defense in 2016. Bama shredded in the second half Kirby’s 2017 D. Oklahoma’s offense 2016-2018 was arguably every bit as good as LSU’s this year – their D was just horrific.

            Having an awesome D is a necessary but not sufficient condition to winning a 3 game stretch of SEC Championship, a semi, and a final. Someone in there is going to eat your defensive lunch for at least a half.

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            • I think if you want to make the argument that you have to have stud QB play to win a natty in this day and age, that’s a stronger argument than defense doesn’t matter anymore.

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              • Skeptic Dawg

                I can only speak for myself, but I am not saying that defense no longer matters. What I am saying is that offense is now equally, if not more important, than defense. You are correct, you must have a stud QB to win in college football. Sadly, Kirby let two stud QB’s leave the program.

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              • ASEF

                Oh, Oklahoma 2016-2018 absolutely proved that D matters. But they still got to 3 playoff games and almost made a final with a horrific D. I really do think the scales have tipped towards offense, if slightly, at that playoff level.

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  3. And LSU dismantled the #1 and #3 ranked defenses. Of course that was with a record setting offense we may not see again anytime soon.

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  4. ASEF

    It’s a remarkable achievement in this age of offensive rule benefits. It’s nearly impossible to get flagged for intentional grounding. Linebacker and safeties are helpless at the snap knowing whether to play the run or pass, which usually leaves them flat footed. Targeting and other safety concerns have eroded tackling as well as opened up the middle of the field for receivers. DPI has become common enough that receivers literally look around for a flag on every incompletion. Playing that kind of defense in today’s game really is remarkable.

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    • Russ

      I was going to say the same. Given all the advantages the rules give to the offense, our defensive performance is amazing. And it will only get better next year, I believe.

      We do need more than a serviceable offense to win it all, though.

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    • Ding, ding, ding … winner, winner, chicken dinner.

      I HATE the rule about leaving the tackle box gives a QB the ability to throw it into the 10th row in the stands. OPI is only called when it’s blatant, and then the official usually says the DB initiated the contact. Offensive holding is a damn joke now. The 3-yard downfield thing is ridiculous.

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  5. dawgired

    The defense ranking of Georgia and Clemson is a testament to LSU’s offensive prowess.

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    • gastr1

      No doubt. Arguably the two top defenses in the country. LSU was responsible for 20% all of the TDs scored against Georgia (4/20); 23% of all of the TDs scored against Alabama (6/26); 25% of all of the TDs scored against Clemson (6/24); and 26% of all the TDs scored against Florida (6/23). In other words; they averaged 5.5 TDs per game versus four of the top 13 defenses, whose aggregate TDs against average was 1.3/game versus everyone else.

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      • Gurkha Dawg

        Damn, LSU’s offense was pretty good.

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        • gastr1

          And the fact that we and Clemson played them and stayed at the top of the pile shows just how good those two were all year.

          I recall seeing that only 2 rushing TDs allowed in a season has happened twice or something in the last 20 years.

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  6. moe pritchett

    I’d like to see our offense over the same time period. Damn that Jim Cheney. ( that’s a + 8 on the sarcasm meter)

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  7. HirsuteDawg

    My Dad said to win a championship a team needed three things: one or two special players, play great ball on O and D, and have just a little bit of luck at just the right time. We had everything but the luck. And receivers catching a pass here and there would have helped.

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    • Macallanlover

      Your Dad wasn’t wrong, it is a confluence of factors, no one truism will get you to the top. People don’t like to acknowledge the “luck” part of that equation but it would be difficult to find a team that it didn’t a difference a few times each season.

      That stat on what LSU did to the best defenses in the country is as remarkable as beating 7 teams that were ranked in the Top 10 at some point in the year. Said it before, but that offense was so special from Game 1 to Game 15. I just don’t see how any defense could handle it, and none did. Bravo, and tip of the cap to them. Glad this wasn’t one of our best teams where we had it clicking on both offense and defense, it simply wouldn’t have mattered in 2019.

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  8. Uglydawg

    Clemmon’s defense certainly played LSU’s offense well for a half…or really a little less than a half…but got worn down.
    Dabo can whine about this but I think Clemson’s weak ACC schedule had something to do with it. They are used to toasting the win at halftime and watching the mop up crew in the second half. When LSU punched them in the mouth right before the half (Dabo and Co. had already been observed slapping backs and haw hawing it up on the sideline when Clemmon’s went up by ten). They’d had the (luck?) stamina to pull out a win against anOSU, but LSU and Burrow are a whole different, battle hardened bunch.
    By any means, Clemson DID show how to handle that LSU machine for the first few series …of course, LSU was pinned deep with terrible field position so that was a big factor too. But Clem’s D did a great job for almost a half.
    (and I realize it isn’t Clemson’s fault that their conference is a joke…still it is)

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    • practicaldawg

      It’s remarkable we held LSU to 17 for a half. Clemson’s D was lights out, and they dominated field position early, keeping LSU to a mere 7 points in the first quarter. Yet LSU still reached 28 by halftime.

      Burrow + Brady + their WRs were beyond exceptional this year. I still believe having the kind of D we have plus ANY improvement in offense will make us the team to beat in the future.

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  9. FisheriesDawg

    I know the conventional wisdom says that offense rules and defense is largely irrelevant now, but, after reading that, I may need to call my doctor in a few hours if this doesn’t stop.

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    • Derek

      It’s important to ignore the fact that LSU’s defense held each of its postseason opponents to far under their scoring averages during the season.

      Stingley, Delpit, Chaisson, and company played no role in that championship and they and Joe Aleva should get zero rings and they should all go to Joe Brady instead.

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      • Will (the other one)

        Venebles has better PR, but I think Arranda has the better track record

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      • gastr1

        I’ve felt the whole year that the main reason they gave up more points and yards is because they’ve been ahead by so much most of the time. Held the Alabama juggernaut to 13 in the first half while building a 20-pt lead. Sounds pretty damn good to me.

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  10. UGA '97

    The D is nasty. 2 more decent scoring drives per game gets us into the CFP next year….just need a solid PK.

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  11. Navin Johnson

    So Clemson’s scoring defense number went way up after they played LSU?

    Hmm. Interesting.

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  12. A true Junkyard D. Damnit, Kirby- do what you have to to help the offense get butter!

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  13. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    There is no doubt that LSU is a great team, and I thought before the game last Monday that if LSU could do that to our D, there wasn’t any way Clemson’s D was going to survive it either.

    But there is one thing that really stands out for LSU – and which made a big difference for us – and that is injuries. In their 2 deep, the only significant injury all season I can recall is Edwards-Hellaire. I have to believe that with a healthy Cager and a healthy O-line all season we at least make a better game of it at the Benz.
    And with fewer offensive 3-and-outs I have to think our defensive numbers would have been even better. So, if we can just convince Kirby that a good offense helps the defense….. 😉

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  14. Otto

    Burrows was without a doubt a good QB. LSU’s WR certainly were a major help. Montana doesn’t look as good without Rice. If Burrows played in Athens with UGA’s WRs, scheme and WR coaching, he wouldn’t be looking nearly as good. He made the correct decision to transfer to LSU, and put in the work. He does deserve the Heisman, National Title etc.

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    • The Dawg abides

      There should be a column in that chart for scores given up by the offense. Not an adjustment for scoring defense, just for reference. We gave up two pick sixes this season. Without those, the average was 11.7 ppg.

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