ACC vs. SEC: Who has the better defense?

Consider this: In the final NCAA statistics of 2009, six of the Top 26 and 10 of the top 58 defenses in college football were from the SEC. Only Auburn and Arkansas fell outside that top 58.

Here is a breakdown of 2009’s top 60 defenses by conference. The SEC, with 10, and the ACC, with eight, led all conferences. These are statistics for total defense and the national ranking is in parentheses:

SEC (10): Alabama (2), Florida (4), South Carolina (15), Ole Miss (21), Tennessee (22), LSU (26), Georgia (38), Kentucky (53), Vanderbilt (56), Miss. State (58).

ACC (8): North Carolina (6), Virginia Tech (12), Clemson (20), Boston College (26), Miami (29), Virginia (52), Georgia Tech (54), N.C. State (55).

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8/11/10