I had believed that the answer to this question is yes. I'm reconsidering that. 8th in yards per game, and 10th in points per game. That's pretty solid. A comment on here caused me to stop and ponder if that was misleading because of the low number of snaps that our defense plays. We only have to defend 59 plays per game. 4th lowest in the country. We give up 4.92 yards per play, 20th in the country. We give up 0.289 points per play, 22nd in the country. For reference, here are Alabama and Oregon on those same stats. yards per game Alabama is 5th in the country Oregon is 27th points per game Alabama is 1st Oregon is 8th plays defended Alabama is 3rd Oregon is 96th yards per play Alabama is 15th Oregon is 7th points per play Alabama 1st Oregon 5th It looks like Alabama's defense is elite, and Oregon's defense is legitimately good, while ours is hiding behind a low number of plays to make the overall numbers look better than they really are. Our defense is good, just not as elite as our overall numbers may have suggested. Edit: This explains some of the disconnect I would feel watching our defense. During the week I would read things about how great the defense was, and see us near the top of every ranking that was using overall numbers, and then I would see our opponents move the ball at will during the games. I couldn't figure out why the stats looked so good, but the product on the field did not. Now I know.