Pac-12: Ranking the Ds That Will Bring Quarterbacks to Tears in 2011

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Pac-12: Ranking the Ds That Will Bring Quarterbacks to Tears in 2011
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We have all heard the banter before, “The Pacific Ten Conference doesn’t play any defense!” That phrase is typically uttered from die-hard fans from the Southeastern Conference or the Big Ten.

Although to the majority of college football enthusiasts east of the Rocky Mountains believe that phrase to be spoken truth, or simple fan-on-fan crime. But in reality, the new Pac-12 Conference is loaded with great defenses to combat with the high-flying offensive attacks on the West Coast.

As the book closed on the 2010 season, four teams from the newly formed Pac-12 ranked in the top 25 in total defense.

Believe it or not, the flagship program was the California Golden Bears, followed closely by newcomer Utah, Stanford, and national championship participant Oregon. 

Perhaps the saying, “Defense wins championships” is only a myth, since Jeff Tedford’s Bears missed out on a bowl invitation for the first time since 2002.

But these numbers are indicators of how the 2010 season unfolded. For each team, 2010 is history, the focus is on the task at hand: Conquering 2011.

Perhaps the saying, “Defense wins championships” is part of a dying breed in college football, as no-huddle spread offenses sweep the nation, but a stout defense remains at the foundation of any elite team.

After matriculation took a toll and new recruits arrived in the Pac-12, which team will grab the torch and be feared by offenses from coast to coast?

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