Big Ten Defensive Power Rankings


The Big Ten has traditionally had the picture of being a smashmouth convention, where lines battle for yards in the ground in chilly weather. Indeed, the team with the nation’s stiffest run defense last year came in the Big Ten. Thus did the second-best pass protection. Overall, the convention was next to the SEC in points allowed per game (25.8) and directed 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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