No matter how big team playbooks become, and no matter how complex the language is, football truly is a simple game. When you boil everything down, there really is only one unchanging, undeniable truth to the sport: If you don’t give up any points, you will not lose any games.
Unless you have an offense like Florida’s in 2013, that is. Sorry Gators, but it’s true. Based on the performances of most of the nation’s top defensive units, Florida should be undefeated – or at least extremely close to it – and once again competing among the nation’s elite.
We hit the stat sheets to try to find a common trend between all the teams we’ve been watching on SportsCenter for the last couple of months and one thing basically jumped off the page: Scoring defense.
The best teams in the nation are well versed at keeping opponents out of the end zone.
Louisville, for example, has played a relatively easy schedule, but the Cardinals are not winning games 50-48. In fact, they aren’t even giving up eight points per game.
Check out the nation’s stingiest defenses in terms of points allowed. You will not see very many losing teams in this bunch.
1. Louisville Cardinals – 7.3 ppg allowed
2. Alabama Crimson Tide – 11.3
3. Florida State Seminoles – 12.0
4. Florida Gators – 13.0
5. Wisconsin Badgers – 13.2
6. Oregon Ducks – 13.8
7. Virginia Tech Hokies – 15.0
8. Michigan State Spartans – 15.8
9. Miami Hurricanes – 16.0
10. Clemson Tigers – 16.2
The combined records of these 10 teams? 53-6.
That includes Wisconsin’s extremely controversial loss to Arizona State. The only other game the Badgers have lost was at Ohio State by a mere seven points.
Virginia Tech only lost to Alabama to open the year, but has otherwise dominated their opponents defensively while ripping off six straight wins.
If Florida and Michigan State had offenses to match their defenses, look out.
The other six teams on this list all boast perfect records heading into Week 8.
So there you have it: If you want to win games, just don’t give up any points.