It's fun to write about the defense because the defense is good. We are generally in agreement that Manny Diaz has done a good job. My goal is to answer the question that was brought up in the comments a few weeks ago -- how good was last year's Texas defense relative to the rest of the country? To answer this question, I've picked a handful of defenses from around college football that are considered to be the best by some standard metrics, some non-standard ones, and some I made up. I tried to include any team within shot of the top ten. It's not perfect, but I hope there are no glaring omissions. Oh and I also included Baylor, to show what a bad defense looks like. Sorry Bears.
My favorite statistic from this last season is that a full 20% of rushes against Texas never made it back to the line of scrimmage, and 30% went for 0 yards or less. This is an astonishing number of negative runs.