2011 College Football Predictions: The 25 Best Returning Defenses

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2011 College Football Predictions: The 25 Best Returning Defenses
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The most talked about players in college football are most often offensive players.  Since it's inception, the Heisman trophy has been given to only one defensive player.  That was Charles Woodson in 1997, and he was the rare two-way player. 

The two 2010 national title contenders were easily the two most prolific offenses in the country.  However, the game saw only a total of 41 points, much lower than the predicted 75.

This only goes to prove the old adage that defense wins championships.  

While most people talked about the impressive offenses of the 2010 season, they probably should have been focused on the other side of the ball.

In fact, the first three selections of the 2011 NFL Draft are predicted to be defenders.  The majority of the other picks are set to be defenders as well. 

A lot of defensive talent will be graduating from the top schools this year, so incoming recruits are going to be critical for success in 2011.

Here I will give some early predictions for who will be the top 25 defenses of 2011.

*Note: all recruit rankings are from Yahoo's rivals.com

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