College Football 2011: Power Ranking the Top 5 Returning Defenses for 2011

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College Football 2011: Power Ranking the Top 5 Returning Defenses for 2011
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The BCS National Championship hosted two of the best offenses in the country, and for the month long wait up until the game, all we were hearing about was how great Auburn's and Oregon's offense were. 

The game was a different story. 

Just like the old saying, "Defense wins championships," the title game for 2010-11 was no different. Oregon had averaged nearly 50 points per game and was held to 19 points, with only eight points in the second half. Auburn was averaging almost 45 per game, and they were held to 22 points, with only six points in the second half. 

You cannot be a great team without a good defense, and both Auburn and Oregon proved that in Glendale. 

But, as we look to 2011, which defenses are going to help propel their teams up near the top?

Here is a look at the top five returning defenses for 2011. 

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