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Best Defensive Units: Phil Steele vs. PFF vs. Athlon

We compare their national Top 10 unit rankings for DL, LBs, and DBs

Posted on June 17, 2024

  By SuperWest Sports Staff

NCAA football logoIt’s that time of year again. Preseason publication madness.

Some claim to be the most accurate, and at this point, they all could be, for all we know.

But while we can’t settle the wagers as to who’s right and who’s off base before the games are played, we can compare them.

Below we’ve compiled the national defensive unit rankings for defensive lines, linebackers, and defensive backs from Phil Steele, PFF, and Athlon.

Which publication has them in the right order? You be the judge.

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Defensive Line Unit Rankings

RankPhil SteelePFFAthlon
1Ohio StOhio StOhio St
2Penn StMichiganMichigan
GeorgiaPenn St
5NebraskaOle MissAlabama
6Texas A&MNotre DameTexas A&M
7GeorgiaPenn StFlorida St
9KentuckyClemsonNotre Dame
10Ole MissOregonTexas

Linebacker Unit Rankings

RankPhil SteelePFFAthlon
5Oklahoma StLSUAlabama
6Penn StAlabamaOregon
7OregonMichiganOhio St
8ClemsonPenn StPenn St
9WisconsinOklahoma StKentucky
10SMUOhio StOklahoma St

Defensive Back Unit Rankings

RankPhil SteelePFFAthlon
1Ohio StOhio StOhio St
3GeorgiaNotre DameNotre Dame
6Notre DameTexasClemson
7Florida StGeorgiaPenn St
9Penn StOklahomaFlorida St
10AlabamaArizonaVirginia Tech


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