Did you know that BYU has never had a Top 20 defense the year after having a Top 10 defense?The 1986 Cougar D finished 10th in the nation in total defense allowing 277.8 yards per game. The per game average ballooned to 353.0 in 1987, which was just 51st best in the nation.
In 1998, the BYU defense was 5th in the nation after allowing 273.9 yards per game. However, the 1999 defense finished 21st in the nation after allowing 307.8 yards per game.
Most recently, the 2007 Cougar defense fought its way to a top 10 finish (10th) by allowing 307.9 yards per game. That was followed up with a 355.9 yards per game average and national ranking of 59 in 2008.
Last year, BYU allowed just 266.1 yards per game. That was good enough for 3rd in the nation.
Just like the 1986, 1998, and 2007 defenses, the 2012 BYU defense will have to replace key contributors. With Kyle Van Noy and the defensive mastermind Bronco Mendenhall both back, could 2013 be the year this trend is reversed?
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