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The Big Ten has traditionally had the picture of being a smashmouth summit, where lines battle for yards on the ground in cold weather. Indeed, the team with the country’s stiffest run defense last year came in the Big Ten. Thus did the second-best pass protection. All in all, the conference was next to the SEC in points allowed per game (25.8) and led Power Five conferences in turnovers forced. Here’s a look at the convention’s defensive power rankings, from 1 to 14:

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