After looking at the replay, I think the story of the game yesterday is that we got shut down offensively by what has become a very good LSU defense. This is something I was afraid of coming into the game. If you watched the LSU-Georgia game, you would have seen that most of Georgia's big plays came on bust by LSU's defense - especially the secondary. They vary rarely/never got physically beat. We know that D is stacked with four and five star recruits...the question was how long before they started playing like it? Well, the second half of the MSU game, that LSU defense looked dominant. No more busted coverages. No more linebackers overrunning plays. Given that it was MSU, I was hoping that it wasn't a sign that they were starting to figure things out. But I was concerned knowing that a young defense plays much better at home, especially in big games. Yesterday, I think, we saw that this LSU defense is going to be good - really good - sooner rather than later. Their gap control up front was excellent. Their LBs did a great job of scrape and fill. And their secondary communicated well (when they had busts a very active pass rush bailed them out). If we had played them two games earlier I think we would have had much more success. Ditto if we had played them at home. Oh well, sometimes you get the bear...sometimes the bear gets you. In the end we lost a slobberknocker on the road to a team with an excellent defense and superlative offense. There's disappointment in that, but not shame. This is not the sky falling. This is not incompetent coaching. This is the SEC. We want to play the best. We want to be measured against the best. This is how that goes, and I for one wouldn't change it. I'm proud of our boys and I can't wait for them to get after it again in a conference where wins really mean something. And I think Bama should be damn glad they're playing LSU in Tuscaloosa.