An early projection of the top 10 defenses in college football has Ohio State listed at No. 5. While things are certain to change once the season begins, Brian Rauf of Chat Sports made a compelling case for each of the defenses he anticipates will finish the season ranked in the top 10
If he is correct, there is a good chance a few of those teams will be CFP contenders and one will win the national title. That has usually been the case recently.
Ohio State won the first College Football Playoff in 2014 without having a top 10 defense but the last three champions have.