Big Ten Defensive Power Rankings


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