BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - LSU, Alabama and Florida have more than their unbeaten records in common.
They're also the top three defensive teams in the Southeastern Conference.
The SEC has long had a reputation for teams that win championships with defense. Numbers bear out the popular idea that the conference produces many of the best defensive players in the country.
According to STATS LLC, former SEC players have combined for more NFL defensive starts since 2000 than players from any other major BCS conference. Also during that span, SEC players have registered more NFL sacks and more interceptions.
Meanwhile, SEC teams have won the past four BCS national championships, and 6 of 12.