Power Ranking the Best Pac-12 Defenses Heading into 2012

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Power Ranking the Best Pac-12 Defenses Heading into 2012
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The Pac-12 is not known for its dominant defenses. With the addition of offense gurus in Mike Leach, Rich Rodriguez and Todd Graham to the conference's coaching ranks during the offseason, defensive-minded is not a reputation the Pac-12 will earn any time soon.

Still, a defensive stop can be the deciding factor late in a high-scoring thriller, or be the recipe to stopping a supposedly invincible offense (See 2011 National Championship). 

That makes it no surprise that most of the squads expected to compete for Pac-12 supremacy also possess the best players and project the best on the defensive side of the ball. Here is a quick look into which defenses will reign supreme come fall, though the top four are incredibly close.

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