Originally written on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 11/14/14

(Editor's note: So far, we've touched on the surprises and coaching jobs done in the LSU Tigers' 9-6 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide. Time to address the anemic offensive output.)

Setting aside the "entertainment" aspect, does the lack of scoring in this game mean anything the bigger picture?

Michael Felder: Yes! These defenses are better than I expected. Simply put, these were two soul-crushing teams that took away what the opposition wanted to do. LSU had Jarrett Lee to throw the picks when they were stretching the ball, and 'Bama had to contend with Mo Claiborne and a ton of blanketed receivers on their end. Against most other teams in the nation the Tide and the Bayou Bengals can put up 40 points, but against each other, no touchdowns. Other teams, look out. 

Allen Kenney: All in all, I thought the offensive execution on both sides of the ball was pretty underwhelming. The defenses were as good as advertised, but it helps when the other side can't throw the ball with any consistency.

These are the two best teams in the country based on the strength of their defenses alone. I'd absolutely make LSU the favorite in the national championship game, and I'd do the same for 'Bama. The gap between them and the rest of the country probably isn't as wide as we've all thought, though. Both might be more vulnerable to Air Raid, uptempo teams.

Kevin McGuire: If anything, it certifies just how good these defenses really are. Did we see some holes in the offenses? Maybe, but coming in to this game it was all about the defenses, and they lived up to the hype. Moving forward, I suspect we'll see plenty of good things from these offenses.

Regie Eller: No, not at all. We all saw the top two teams in the country last night. The list of teams that could beat either one of these defenses, in my opinion, is zero. Andrew Luck would have some success, but does not have enough weapons to sustain it for four quarters. Oklahoma State with Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon would be able to do some things, but Alabama or LSU would murder the Oklahoma St. defense with the run game. Oklahoma? Boise State? No way. Arkansas may be able to test LSU some, but same principal as earlier: LSU will pound it on the Razorbacks.

Tom Perry: I wish it would show people how a great defensive performance is a work of art. We get excited about well-executed offenses, but what those two defensive coordinators did Saturday night is down right impressive. Yes, they have the horses to do the job, but it still takes a great plan. I can't remember the last time I saw a college game where the two teams were so physical, and I thought the officials let them play. I watch an NFL game and I feel like they don't let them hit like they did last night. Of course, that probably won't be the case in the Steelers-Ravens game tonight.

Aaron Torres: Absolutely not. We knew these were the two best defenses in college football, and they proved to be. To me, it was a thing of beauty, an out-and-out masterpiece.

The fact that LSU, a team that was averaging 39 points a game coming into this one, was held to nine, and won? Well, it shows me that what people say is true: Nobody plays defense like the SEC.

[follow]

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Jay Cutler to start again due to Jimmy Clausen concussion

Aldon Smith was reportedly drinking with Ray McDonald

Johnny Manziel ruled out for Week 17 with injury

Dwyane Wade hopes Heat fans give LeBron a warm reception

Adam Silver: No NBA team is tanking

Penguins having three more players tested for mumps

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jay Cutler is not the answer for the Titans

Josh Smith released by Detroit Pistons in surprising move

13 amazing NFL stats from Week 16

JJ Watt's bloody face defines 2014 campaign

Dominic Raiola insists he didn't intentionally stomp opponent

Jets call themselves the best 3-12 team in NFL history

WATCH: BYU, Memphis fight after Miami Beach Bowl

FSU sends recruit 75 reasons to play for Seminoles

Dale Earnhardt Jr., girlfriend wear great Christmas sweaters

Brandon Marshall: Raiola mocked my mental illness

Don't mess with Seahawks punter Jon Ryan

Niners OT asked Manti Te'o about his fake girlfriend

Darren Sproles' wife Michel fires back at Eagles critics

Steve Smith expects 'couch quarterback' criticism

WATCH: Tennessee walk-on gets scholarship as bowl gift

Raiders player gives game check to young girl in need

Game of the week: Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers

Yankees pay for education of slain officer's children

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

BYU, Memphis fight after bowl game

FSU sends recruit an eccentric pitch

Brandon Marshall unloads on Raiola

Did Aldon Smith violate probation?

Johnny Manziel ruled out for Week 17

An appreciation for Marshawn Lynch's crotch grab touchdown celebrations

D-Wade: Heat fans should cheer LeBron

Niners OT asked Te'o about fake girlfriend

Sproles' wife fires back at Eagles critics

Game of the week: Lions vs. Packers

'Manny' is the must-watch documentary about Manny Pacquiao

Breaking up the Brooklyn Nets

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.