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BLITZIndex: TCU and West Virginia best defenses heading into bowl season


In our exclusive and proprietary college football defense rankings, we look for the most efficient and the most stingy units that could derail your fantasy matchups each week. Now that fantasy season is over, let’s use the same measurements to get an edge on the bowl games!

TCU Horned Frogs and West Virginia Mountaineers fans should be familiar with their defenses being at the top of our list, but after the regular season they are tied at the top when we add up the national rankings of yards per play allowed (YPP), yards per point allowed (YPPT), and points per game allowed (PPG). While TCU leads the nation in YPP (4.0) and PPG (11.4), the Mountaineers top three ranks in all categories squeaks them just ahead of Boise and a tie with TCU.

Our top-ranked West Virginia defense has jacked up many more players than just Rutgers Mark Harrison this week. (Icon SMI)

BLITZIndex RANK DEF 4Dec10
1    TCU
1    West Virginia
3    Boise St.
4    Ohio St.
5    Alabama
6    Iowa
7    Nebraska
9    Missouri
9    Oregon
10    UCF
11    Clemson
12    LSU
13    Syracuse
14    Stanford
14    Temple
14    Texas A&M
17    Florida St.
18    Boston College
19    South Fla.
20    Connecticut
20    Miami (FL)
22    Louisville
23    Northern Ill.
24    Michigan St.
25    Pittsburgh
25    Virginia Tech

Alphabetical list here BLITZIndex 04Dec10(alpha), and notice that I added on the national ranks in total, run and pass ypg allowed for reference only. Offensive study later today.

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3 comments on “BLITZIndex: TCU and West Virginia best defenses heading into bowl season

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