College Football Predictions: 5 Defenses That Will Shut Down the Nation in 2012

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College Football Predictions: 5 Defenses That Will Shut Down the Nation in 2012
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Will Nick Saban or Michigan State have the better defense in 2012?

In this slideshow, I have broken down what I think will be the top-five college-football defenses in 2012.

Since college-football rosters change significantly every season, it is often difficult to predict how one team will perform compared to its previous version.

However, we can look at things like recruiting trends, success under the current coaching staff and players’ NFL draft stocks to predict future performances.

I have used these resources, among others, to state my case.

You can add to the debate in the comments section below.

Let's take a look.

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