Even in college, the old adage applies: Defense wins championships.
Sure, the winning play from Florida State's BCS title win over Auburn came via a last-second touchdown pass, but the Seminoles would have never made it that far without a defense that made some big stops along the way, both in that game and throughout the 2013 season. It's why four FSU defenders were taken this past weekend in the 2014 NFL draft, and another two signed rookie free-agent deals.
Offense is what provides the sizzle, but many times a great scoring drive is sparked by the play on defense. And in most cases, it's one or two players who tend to make the biggest plays, guys who can be called catalysts for what they set into motion with their effort.
As we creep ever closer to the start of the 2014 college football season, here's a looking at the defensive catalyst for every team in our most recent Bleacher Report Preseason Top 25.