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Big Ten's Defenses Ranked from No. 1 to No. 12 and Nebraska Leads the Way
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If you are "seeing red" in the Big Ten this year, it's probably the Nebraska Cornhusker defense.

Nebraska enters the 2011 season with the best defensive line and secondary in the 12-team Big Ten based on my evaluation and the opinions of my peers at Bleacher Report, ESPN and the-ozone.net.

The Cornhuskers have the fifth-best set of linebackers, but the margin between the No. 2 team (Penn State) and No. 5 team was only four points.

The red color theme continues in rating the Big Ten defenses, as the Ohio State Buckeyes are second, and the Wisconsin Badgers are the third-best team in the conference. 

Ohio State possesses the second-best defensive line and secondary. Their linebacking corps is rated No. 3 in the Big Ten.

Wisconsin is the team with the best set of linebackers. They are No. 3 among secondaries in the Big Ten and have the fourth-best defensive line.

Turn to the next slide as we count down the Big Ten defenses from best to worst.

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