As the LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide get set to face off in the 2012 BCS National Championship in a game between two of the best defenses in the country, they've had a chance to sit back and watch some of the other bowl games. It doesn't sound like either team is too impressed with the defenses they've seen thus far.
"You watch these other conferences play in bowl games and wonder why they're all scoring so many points," LSU defensive Barkevious Mingo told the Cullman Times. "While they're trying to outscore each other, every team in the SEC is focused on trying to have the most dominant defense in the league - and that's why we win national championships."
Alabama players have the same sentiment as well, noting the difference in "SEC speed". "When I do watch a game from around the country, I'm watching the defenses," Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner told the Cullman Times. "The difference is speed. When you get away from the south, the defenses slow."
In the first match up between the two teams, defense was the name of the game. Both LSU and Alabama held each other to under 300 yards of offense as the Tigers beat the Tide in overtime, 9-6.
Stay tuned to our title game StoryStream for more updates on Monday's upcoming showdown. Be sure to check LSU blog And The Valley Shook and Alabma blog Roll Bama Roll, as well. For more odds and lines on the remaining bowl games, check out our NCAA Football Odds page.