Navy's Defense is Strong in Win
News: Navy's defense gave up just 309 total yards in their 24-6 win over Middle Tennessee in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl on December 30.
Analysis: They also held Middle Tennessee to just 2-of-8 on third downs and forced two turnovers.

Notre Dame
Notre Dame's Defense Forces Four Turnovers in Win
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News: Notre Dame's defense forced four turnovers in their 29-16 win over Rutgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on December 28.
Analysis: They also held Rutgers to just 3-of-12 on third downs.

Brigham Young
BYU's Defense Turns in Decent Performance in Loss
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News: BYU's defense gave up 319 total yards in their 31-16 loss to Washington on December 27 in the Fight Hunger Bowl.
Analysis: In the end giving up 319 total yards and holding the opponent to just 5-of-15 on third downs should be enough to win. On this day, it was not.

Arkansas State
Arkansas State Defense Limits Ball State To 20 Points
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News: The Red Wolf defense held Ball State to 20 points and 148 rushing yards in the Sunday win in the GoDaddy Bowl. Linebacker Qushaun Lee had an interception.
Analysis: Arkansas State won four of its last five games even though the defense allowed 89 points in its last three games. The team was led by defensive coordinator John Thompson for the second straight bowl win.

Vandy D Survives Comeback
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News: The Vanderbilt defense allowed 24 points on 384 yards in Saturday's BBVA Compass Bowl win over Houston.
Analysis: The Commodores forced three turnovers for the game, surviving a third quarter during which the defense gave up all 24 points.

Mizzou D Gets Defensive TD to Seal Win
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News: The Tigers allowed 31 points to Oklahoma State in Friday's Cotton Bowl, but got a sack fumble by SEC Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam that was returned 73 yards for a touchdown by Shane Ray to seal the victory for Missouri.
Analysis: The Tigers allowed 548 yards of offense to the Cowboys, but forced three turnovers, including the crucial scoop-and-score with just 55 seconds left in the contest. Unfortunately for Mizzou, the Tigers will lose the aforementioned Sam to graduation, and fellow standout defensive lineman Kony Ealy will be an early entry to the NFL draft.

South Carolina
SC D Holds Down Fort in Capital One Bowl Win
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News: The Gamecocks forced four turnovers in Wednesday's 34-24 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers in the Capital One Bowl.
Analysis: South Carolina picked off three passes and also forced a fumble in the win. This was the last game of standout defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's collegiate career, as he noted following the contest that he will be turning pro as expected.

Georgia D Forces INT in Gator Bowl Loss
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News: The Georgia defense allowed just 307 yards in Wednesday's Gator Bowl, but the Bulldogs still fell to Nebraska, 24-19.
Analysis: The Georgia defense picked off Nebraska QB Tommy Armstrong, Junior on one occasion, but allowed a crucial 99-yard touchdown pass that ultimately proved to be the decisive score.

Miami (Fla.)
Miami Defense Gashed By Louisville
Miami (Fla.), DST, MIAMI
News: Miami allowed 554 yards and 36 points to Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Analysis: The 'Canes defense was lit up often as the 2013 season came to a close. They were useful on special teams as well for fantasy purposes, but lack any ability to pressure opposing quarterbacks.Linebacker Denzel Perryman has not made a decision on his NFL future, but his loss would be a big blow to a struggling unit. A change amongst the defensive staff appears to be in order.

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