5. 4. Louisiana-Monroe
The big question facing the Warhawks' defense in 2013 is whether or not they can survive without linebackers Decarrius Ford and R.J. Young. With an experienced defensive line, the Warhawks can potentially become one of the most powerful defenses in the Sun Belt. Last year they proved to be stingy against the run. If linebacker Cameron Blakes, who was injured early last season, can hold steady, the Warhawks are poised to have a fine season.