The idea is pretty simple: If a team can’t score, a team can’t win. With that in mind, lets take a look at the top 15 scoring defenses (as in, don’t allow opponents to score) in college football for 2008.

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Rankings and stats can tell bettors a lot. For example, if a college football team is shutting opponents down on a weekly basis, it might be a wise idea to throw a single bet on that team assuming that their opponent isn’t going to see the end zone too much. Or, the under bet might be a solid play given that at least one team is going to have a challenge scoring points.

Now of course, oddsmakers will adjust the point spread and over/under totals when they see that a good defense is in play, but bettors can only use the facts at hand to determine what a solid play is. Below is a ranking of the top 15 scoring defenses in college football for 2008.

  1. Ohio State
  2. USC
  3. Georgia
  4. Clemson
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Auburn
  7. Michigan
  8. Penn State
  9. South Carolina
  10. Florida State
  11. Florida
  12. Oregon
  13. Arizona State
  14. Missouri
  15. LSU

Another thing to note is to consider whether or not these great defensive teams also have a powerful offense. Teams like Missouri, Florida, Georgia, USC, Ohio State and Oklahoma are probably going to score a fair amount of points so watch the over/under total and adjust accordingly.

On the flip side, assuming their opponent isn’t a cupcake and therefore has a poor defense, teams like LSU, Michigan and Penn State are probably going to have issues scoring themselves so the under might be the best play in that game.

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