Defense was the biggest factor in the Rose Bowl, and for the Stanford Cardinal, it will be a strength again in 2013.
Having allowed 17.2 points per game, the Cardinal continually found ways to keep opponents off the scoreboard.
In fact, they had 15 interceptions (four returned for touchdowns) while also leading the nation with 57 sacks.
Simply put, the defense dominated.
Next year turns over a new leaf, but with some promise. The defense will only lose linebackers Shayne Skov and Chase Thomas and defensive tackle Terrence Stephens from the starting 11.
Here's a look at Stanford's projected defensive depth chart in 2013.
Notes: Each player's class year is relative to the 2013 season. Keep in mind these are only projections, as things can change between now and the fall.