While the rest of the country was offensive-crazy, the Big Ten continued to show why it is one of the premier defensive leagues in the country. Michigan State topped or sat inside the top 10 in every major defensive statistical category, while Wisconsin, Nebraska and Ohio State weren't far behind.
Logic dictates that means there is an impressive amount of talent on the defensive side of the ball. While some of it is off to the NFL and/or graduation, plenty is left over for the 2014 season.
Michigan State stands to lose a bulk of its talent from the Rose Bowl-winning defense, but Pat Narduzzi has been stockpiling talent like crazy in East Lansing.
That isn't the only place where talent exists in the Big Ten, though, but with a lot of the big names off to real life, who tops the conference heading into 2014?
There was so much talent to sift through that no fewer than 25 players jumped off the depth charts and rosters, so narrowing down that list was far from easy.
With that being said, let's take a look at the top defensive players in the league.