Tiger 'D' 5th in nation

LSU's defense continued its rise in the national standings this week as the third-ranked Tigers now have the nation's fifth-best defense in terms of total yards allowed, according to the NCAA statistics that were release on Sunday.

As a unit, the Tigers are allowing 278.7 yards per game, which ranks second in the SEC and fifth nationally. LSU, which has only allowed 13 first quarter points all season, is fourth nationally in scoring defense with a 13.5 average.

LSU also ranks among the top 10 in the nation in rushing defense and pass efficiency defense, coming in at No. 5 in both of those categories. In 11 games, the Tigers are allowing 90.8 yards rushing per contest, while LSU has a pass efficiency defense rating of 95.1.

In special teams, the Tigers continue to rank No. 2 nationally in net punting with a 39.9 average. The Tigers are also 12th in the nation in punt return average with a 14.6 average on 25 returns.

LSU goes after its third Southeastern Conference title in the last five years on Saturday when the third-ranked Tigers face 13th-ranked Georgia in the league's championship game in Atlanta.

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