Throw out all of the cute wrinkles in the offensive game plans as well as the razzle dazzle that offensive superstars create. The pride of the SEC lies on the defensive side of the ball.
Sure, Johnny Manziel, Todd Gurley and T.J. Yeldon will gain the most hype entering the 2013 season, but come on, this league is all about defense. Ranking the defensive units is a good way to get an idea of who will reign supreme in 2013.
Is it too early to start ranking these defenses? Maybe, but is it ever too early to start comparing teams in this conference?
Here are the defensive rankings heading into the fall, following spring practice.