NCAA Power Rankings: Top 10 Offenses In College Football
Who Has The Best Offense In The Land?
This Saturday marks Week 7 of NCAA football action, and offenses throughout the nation are in mid-season form. Some of the numbers that these schools are putting up are absolutely astounding.
Last weekend, Baylor University put remarkable 73 points on the board on an eye-opening 872 total yards. In comparison, the Oregon Ducks tallied 57 points of their own against Colorado University and amounted 755 total yards. Widely considered two of the best offenses in the land, where do the Ducks and Bears fall on this list?
No. 8 Florida State clobbered No. 25 Maryland 63-0 last Saturday. The Seminoles grossed 614 total yards, led by freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, who threw for 383 yards and five touchdowns on his own. The fantastic offensive showing against a top-25 team has to help the Seminoles climb this list, but exactly how far did they rise?
I have to give some insight into how I ranked these schools. When numbers fell close to one another when comparing similar teams, I ranked those playing tougher schools higher on the list. Some, however, have amassed such incredible numbers that they could not be ignored. In addition, various schools have a chance to climb this list significantly because they are facing top-tier defenses for the first time this season. We'll see which teams with high-octane offenses can perform as consistently against just as impressive defenses.
Here are the top 10 most prolific offenses in college football heading into Week 7.
The Tigers have gained the fifth-most total yardage in 2013 with 2,933, mainly because they have not had a bye yet this season. However, quarterback Zach Mettenberger is emerging as one of the most talented and most improved players in the nation, ranking eighth in passing yards and sixth in passing touchdowns. The Tigers offense will need to play to its fullest potential this weekend against No. 17 Florida, which ranks fourth in the nation in points allowed per game.
9. Fresno State
Led by stud quarterback Derek Carr, the Fresno State Bulldogs rank ninth in total points (237) and sixth in yards per game (538.0) throughout NCAA Division I football. They are coming off their season-high for points in a game after a 61-14 win over Idaho last weekend. Carr's brilliant 2013 season has Fresno State ranked fifth in passing yards per game at 374 per.
8. Ohio State
What makes the Buckeyes' offense so impressive is that it has been able to get the job done with two different quarterbacks. When first-string QB Braxton Miller went down with a sprained knee against San Diego State on Sept. 7, fifth-year man Kenny Guiton stepped up for Ohio State. The duo has a combined 1,273 passing yards and 19 touchdowns. As a team, the Buckeyes' offense ranks fourth in the NCAA with 2,957 total yards and seventh with 46.8 points per game in 2013.
The Missouri Tigers' offense is roaring this season, ranking eighth in points per game with 46.6 and yard per game at 543.8. Missouri, however, has faced a top-tier defense yet this season. The Tigers will this weekend, though, when they travel to Georgia to take on the Bulldogs. We'll see where they fall on this list after Saturday's showdown.
The Huskies are not the best scoring team in the nation, ranking very low at 37.4 points per game — good enough for 33rd. Their offense, however, is one of the most impressive in the land. This became evident in their hard-fought loss at Stanford last weekend. They gained 489 total yards against the Cardinal, by far the most Stanford has allowed this season. Quarterback Keith Price threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Bishop Sankey gained 125 yards on the ground and added two touchdowns of his own. This is a high-powered offense, though it may not score as much as it should.
5. Florida State
Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has Florida State's offense running on all cylinders in 2013. Winston ranks fifth in the nation in passing touchdowns with 17. As a whole, the Seminoles rank sixth in yards per game (549.0) and third in points per game (53.6). Florida State comes into this weekend fresh off a 63-0 romping of No. 25 Maryland, their only quality opponent thus far. The Seminoles will need to keep its offense running smoothly as they travel to No. 3 Clemson on Saturday.
UCLA is the fifth-best team in the NCAA in terms of points per game at 48.0 per. The Bruins also rank fifth in yards per game, but have not shown their offensive potential against a worthy defense. They will get that test in two weeks time when they travel to Palo Alto, California. to face Pac-12 rival Stanford Cardinal. UCLA could climb even further up this list if it performs the same as it has all season against Stanford.
3. Texas A&M
Led by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, the Aggies once again have one of the best offenses in college football. They rank third in yards per game (586.4) and fourth in points per game at 49.2. Texas A&M was able to score 42 against Alabama on Sept. 14, 32 more points than the next highest the Crimson Tide has allowed this season. The Aggies' downside, however, is its run game, which ranks 21st in the nation at 221.4 yards per game.
Many people would have the Oregon Ducks atop this list, and I wouldn't put up much of a debate. But the numbers that the No. 1 team on this ranking puts up every week are just amazing. The Ducks are nothing short of incredible, either. They rank second in points per game at 59.2 and yards per game at 630.4. The school atop this list, however, has them beat by a considerable margin in both categories.
The Baylor Bears have the most dynamic offense in all of college football. Their numbers are absolutely staggering. Baylor is the only team in the NCAA to gain an average of more than 700 yards per game at an incredible 781.5, and the only to average more than 70 points per game at 70.5. I believe those numbers speak for themselves. Oregon will have an opportunity to top this list if it is able to be as productive against a tough Washington team this weekend.