Big Ten Defensive Power Rankings


The Big Ten has traditionally had the picture of being a smashmouth conference, where lines battle for lawns around the ground in cold weather. Really, the team with the nation’s stiffest run defense last year came from the Big Ten. So did the second-best pass defense. All in all, 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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