Big Ten Defensive Power Rankings


The Big Ten has traditionally had the picture of being a smashmouth summit, where traces battle for yards on the ground in cold weather. Really, the team with the country’s stiffest run defense last year came from the Big Ten. Thus did the second-best pass defense. In general, the convention was next to the SEC in points allowed per game (25.8) and led Power Five conventions in turnovers forced. Here’s a look at the conference’s defensive power rankings, from 1 to 14:

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