For ESPN Insider, here's a look at the top 10 defenses of the year by DVOA. I break down some of the strengths and weakneses for each, and look at certain trends that might indicate continued success -- or regression to the mean.
Our latest ESPN Insider feature looks at some struggling contenders: what's gone wrong, and what are the chances those teams can rebound and make a playoff run? Regression hit Oakland harder than expected, and it hit the Tampa Bay defense just like we expected. What's happened to Dallas is a little harder to understand.
Last year, Penn State and USC each lost two games in September and still played well enough over the rest of the season to meet in the Rose Bowl. Which teams this year have lost early but could rebound to appear in a major bowl or even the College Football Playoff?
About two months of games remain before we start talking about conference championships and bowl bids, and only two teams project with a better than 50 percent chance of staying undefeated: Alabama and San Diego State. Love that easy Mountain West schedule!
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