"Our defense has played extremely well because if you look, many of the yards and a number of points have been scored late in games when the game has been decided," he said Wednesday. "When you look at what we're doing in the first half or the first three quarters, it's incredibly impressive. We're playing plenty of guys right now. There's a lot of good things happening. Our guys are playing at a very high level and we're getting a few kids back right now, and we're playing a ton of people. We've got good speed on defense. I think schematically, [defensive coordinator] Mickey [Rehring] has done a great job putting his game plans together. Right now, that's the strength of our team."