LSU Has Clear Weakness Compared to Other College Football Playoff Contenders

LSU v Mississippi State
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Joe Burrow and LSU are on top of the college football world, as their unstoppable offense and defense laden with 5-stars have vaulted the Tigers to the No. 1 overall ranking.

While LSU looks almost unbeatable, their defense has a much worse reputation than their production on the field would indicate.

Can someone explain to me why Dave Aranda is still the highest-paid assistant coach in college football? He has players like Derek Stingley, Grant Delpit, and K'Lavon Chaisson, but can't even crack the top quarter of teams? Why are Tennessee and Kentucky ranked above the alleged best team in the country defensively?

For all the glitz and glamour that Burrow and the offense have accrued, defense still wins championships at this level. Since the BCS started, only one team has ranked 26th or lower in total defense and won a title. In 2010-11, Auburn was ranked 58th, but Cam Newton's unreal Heisman season propelled them to a title.

On paper, the Tigers have a juggernaut of a defense. In practice, it's as average as they come. They need to sort things out if they want to be taken seriously as a title contender.