The old adage goes, "Defense wins championships," and in college football that has proven to be true time and time again.
This season, Notre Dame and Alabama finished No. 1 and No. 2 in scoring defense. It's no coincidence that those two teams will play for a National Championship in Miami.
When LSU and Alabama played for a National Championship in 2011, they had the two best scoring defenses in the country.
Do you see a pattern developing? No? Well consider that in the BCS-era, only one team has won a National Championship without finishing the season with a top-10 ranked scoring defense.
Offense may sell tickets and give you great highlights, but the best teams in the country play hard-nosed defense and impose their will on the defensive side of the ball.
With the college football season winding down, let's take a look at which teams will be ready to make a run in 2013 and which defenses can carry their teams to a championship.
An asterisk (*) next to a players name denotes that the player still has eligibility left but could forego their final season in college and enter the NFL Draft.