Predicting the Top 25 Defenses of 2013

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Predicting the Top 25 Defenses of 2013
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

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. 

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