Did you know that over past five years no team has won a BCS title that finished the season ranked lower than No. 15 nationally in rushing defense?
In a world that celebrates piling on the yardage it’s an ironic twist that the ability to consistently stop the run, not score points, may be the best indicator of whether or not a team is worthy of the tag “championship caliber.”
The following slideshow highlights and then power ranks the top 15 college football teams that are committed to stopping the run.
And by “committed” we mean that these programs have a rushing defense that has performed well not just in 2012 but over the past five seasons of play.
To compile this honor roll of run stoppage we utilized rushing defense stats since 2008, a process which gives us an idea of which teams aren’t just toying with the idea of pumping out smash-mouth defenses, these guys are married to the concept.