Ok, I used Helli's defensive rankings to see where we are at. Heres a link to the spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiWbHkVq4Bm2dHhkaE9PRVVqTTFLYjdGTDZqYW0xLWc The results: 1) Notre Dame Suppression of Yards: 2nd Suppression of Points: 2nd Explosive Plays: 1st Red Zone Defense: 3rd Whats carrying the Irish is the abiity to get to the QB. With an incredible 66 sacks, the irish are not letting the deep routes develop and having the QB's force the ball in the tight pockets, which has resulted in 17 INT's. This Defensive Pass rush is beyond fierce, its just Nasty. 2) Georgia Suppression of Yards: 4th Suppression of Points: 4th Explosive Plays: 2nd Red Zone Defense: 4th The georgia secondary is the key to this defense. Through 5 games, they have allowed less than 900 yards of passing offense and 19 INT's. Thats not a typo. 19 INT's! Thats nearly 4 a game. With 33 sacks a game, the defense pass rush is forcing qb's to make bad decisions or pay for it with a big hit. 3) LSU Suppression of Yards: 7th Suppression of Points: 5th Explosive Plays: 3rd Red Zone Defense: 1st LSU simply wont let you in the endzone when you are inside the 20. Teams are averaging 3.25 points per red zone attempt. If you dont get a big play midfield, you better have the kicker warmed up and with 12 fumble recoveries in 6 games, you better hold onto the ball. 4) Florida State: Suppression of Yards: 3rd Wi Suppression of Points: 1st Explosive Plays: 5th Red Zone Defense: 7th FSU not only has an explosive offense but a terrifying defense. They dont give away yards and are even stingier in points allowed. If teams have success getting in the red zone, the seminoles have allowed 5 TD's in 8 tries. Gradually moving the ball may be the key vs the noles and keeping the offense off the field. 5) Miami Suppression of Yards: 1st Suppression of Points: 3rd Explosive Plays: 7th Red Zone Defense: 10th Heres a stat that may interest you. The team with the fewest amount of yards allowed isnt in the top 25 or the top defense in S2N. Its Da U. With allowing only a shade under 200 yards a game the canes' are the surprise in the top 5. But with 0 fumbles, they are not considered as an elite defense yet. Surprising 3-way tie for 6th T6) Boston College Suppression of Yards: 8th Suppression of Points: 10th Explosive Plays: 6th Red Zone Defense: 2nd An even Bigger surprise than Miami is the BC eagles. While they give up 30.7 points a game, they earn their keep in the red zone only allowing a TD 50% of the time in the RZ. Big plays seem to hold this team from being a defensive juggernaught, for now at least T6) Mississippi State Suppression of Yards: 5th Suppression of Points: 6th Explosive Plays: 9th Red Zone Defense: 8th This Defense is simple. Dont allow the offense to get a fresh set of downs. They are not super flashy. While ranking 9th in sacks and few turnovers, this Defense is a traditional SEC D. T6) South Carolina Suppression of Yards: 6th Suppression of Points: 7th Explosive Plays: 8th Red Zone Defense: 5th The gamecocks are identical in defense to Miss State, except SC is a run stopping D. They rank as the #2 rushing D in S2N. The gamecocks have played quality teams so they have allowed quite a bit of passing yards for only 5 games played. But this team can make you one-demential on 3rd down. Thats their strength. 9) Illinois Suppression of Yards: 9th Suppression of Points: 8th Explosive Plays: 4th Red Zone Defense: 6th Who is second in sacks behind ND? Illinois? yep. Thaey either get to the QB...or they dont. While they allow the 8th most points, this is a skewed stat. The offense scores so often that the Defense has no time to rest and gets gashed (especially in the air). The Illinois secondary is extremely vulnerable which may be a weak spot if they see the gophers in the Big 10 Championship game. 10) Minnesota Suppression of Yards: 11th Suppression of Points: 9th Explosive Plays: 10th Red Zone Defense: 9th It was a battle between the two new teams to not be last, and the top 10 gophers get the nod. They are tied for 4th in INT's but are 10th in fumbles. Just like illinois, the numbers are misleading. The offense is the key to this team. Teams will score and score often versus the gophers, but the key that Coach Lewis wants to ask teams is: Can you keep up? Sadly with this Defense...you wont have much problems keeping up 11) Virginia Tech Suppression of Yards: 10th Suppression of Points: 11th Explosive Plays: 11th Red Zone Defense: 11th Its been a tough year for the Hokies. They ran into the gophers high powered offense and it hasnt gotten much better. If their is an upside for this team is that they get to the QB being 5th in sacks. After a few years, the hokies will get back the D they are known for.