What's the key to a strong defense?
Inside access: Strong defense was a rarity in Week 1. Why did some succeed where most failed?
Seventy FBS teams scored 30 points or more in Week 1. There were 40 in the 40-point club. The national average for yards gained: 438.1.
While it felt as if the majority of offenses had the upper hand in Week 1, a few defensive units delivered.
UCLA called on its defense to score (because its offense surprisingly couldn't) against Virginia. Tennessee's new-look defense stifled Utah State's Chuckie Keeton, and Ole Miss' young talents blossomed against Boise State. A new scheme didn't slow down Louisville. Texas displayed the team tackling it lacked last season in coach Charlie Strong's debut. And Temple took a page from Houston's book in thumping Vanderbilt on the road.
What's the secret to having a strong defense out of the gates? I talked to a number of coordinators whose teams started strong. Here's what those units had in common:
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