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Power Ranking College Football’s Top-10 Offenses Heading into Week 8

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Top 10 Offenses in College Football

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It seems more and more teams are lighting up the scoreboard these days, making it harder and harder to spot the truly unstoppable offenses. But as nonconference schedules are wrapping up and the grind of league play is setting in, the cream is starting to rise each week. As the season goes on, mounting injuries and more competitive opponents are bound to have some effect on an offense’s bottom line.

Last week saw several high-flying offenses – Baylor, LSU and Washington to name a few – fall well below their season averages, but that’s to be expected for reasons previously stated.

Others, such as Miami and Florida State, were off and didn’t have a chance to put up huge numbers and climb up the rankings.

After Week 7, we have a little more clarity in the debate over which college football offense is the best of them all, but there are still great arguments to be made about who should be ranked ahead of whom.

Two of the country’s top offenses – Clemson and FSU – square off this weekend in a huge ACC Atlantic Division showdown, providing a perfect opportunity to compare the two head-to-head.

So let’s get on to the rankings and see how the best offenses in college football measure up heading into Week 8.

Related: Power Ranking College Football’s Top 10 Defenses Heading into Week 8

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10. Missouri Tigers

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Total Offense: 515.6 YPG (12th)

Scoring: 45.7 PPG (8th)

Passing: 276.3 YPG (32nd)

Rushing: 239.3 YPG (16th)

Prior to QB James Franklin going down in the fourth quarter last week, the Tigers were easily one of the top-five offenses in college football. However, even without their star, this unit is balanced, loaded with talent and still deserves to be considered an elite offense. They have a stellar trio of running backs and a solid group of receivers to help out Franklin’s replacement, freshman Maty Mauk. Plus, the numbers they’ve put up thus far should count for something, right? We’ll find out this week just how much the Tigers offense will suffer without Franklin, as they take on the nation’s top defense in Florida.

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9. LSU Tigers

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Total Offense: 465.7 YPG (34th)

Scoring: 41.4 PPG (15th)

Passing: 271.6 YPG (33rd)

Rushing: 194.1 YPG (43rd)

LSU’s numbers weren’t gaudy last week by any means, but, hey, that’s what happens to an offense when it faces the nation’s best defense (Florida). Still, the Tigers easily put up the best offensive numbers of any team that’s played the Gators. And for that, they still deserve to be considered one of the country’s top-10 offenses. Not to mention the fact that they have legitimate NFL talent at QB, RB and both sides of the field at WR. LSU’s numbers should tick back up this week against Ole Miss, which has struggle on defense lately.

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8. Miami Hurricanes

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Total Offense: 488.6 YPG (21st)

Scoring: 45.2 PPG (9th)

Passing: 274.8 YPG (31st)

Rushing: 213.8 YPG (28th)

Other than one down game against Florida (understandably so), the Hurricanes have been a Category-5 scoring machine. They have one of the most balanced attacks in college football and have been lighting folks up lately, scoring 77, 49 and 45 in three games since scoring only 21 against the Gators. Miami could climb even higher after this weekend, when they take on North Carolina’s 95th-ranked scoring defense.

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7. Washington Huskies

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Total Offense: 526.8 YPG (8th)

Scoring: 35.2 PPG (35th)

Passing: 278.8 YPG (30th)

Rushing: 248 YPG (15th)

Yes, the Huskies are riding a two-game losing streak after dropping games to Stanford and Oregon. And yes, they scored less than 30 points in each and their offensive numbers suffered a little across the board. However, it seems unfair to take too much away from a team that played two top-10 opponents tough, especially considering both defenses were pretty stout. This offense still has a great QB-RB duo and ranks highly in every statistical category. That being said, if Washington can’t bounce back this week against a middle-of-the-pack Arizona State defense, the Huskies could be in danger of dropping out of the rankings.

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6. Clemson Tigers

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Total Offense: 514.5 YPG (13th)

Scoring: 40.8 PPG (18th)

Passing: 342 YPG (10th)

Rushing: 172.5 YPG (65th)

With a stars at QB and WR in Tajh Boyd and Sammie Watkins anchoring a prolific passing attack, complemented by a solid rushing game by committee, the Clemson Tigers are near impossible to stop. Sure, they scored their lowest point total (24) of the season last week against Boston College, but you have to think that maybe, just maybe, Clemson was peeking ahead at this week’s huge showdown against Florida State. The Tigers still racked up nearly 500 yards, so there’s no reason to take anything away from this unit. Ultimately, it’s the game this week that will reveal more about this offense than any other, as FSU’s defense has been one of the best in the country so far.

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5. UCLA Bruins

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Total Offense: 547 YPG (5th)

Scoring: 45.8 PPG (7th)

Passing: 323.6 YPG (17th)

Rushing: 223.4 YPG (21st)

It’s pretty hard to find fault in an offense that has gained 400 or more yards and scored 34 or more points in five of five games this season. Twice UCLA has surpassed the 600-yard and 50-point marks. This unit excels at both throwing and running the ball and no team has come close to holding it in check so far. The Bruins get their toughest test of the season, however, this week at No. 13 Stanford. The Cardinal will likely be more motivated than ever following their loss to Utah, so UCLA will need all of its offensive weapons to show up this week.

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4. Florida State Seminoles

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Total Offense: 549 YPG (4th)

Scoring: 53.6 PPG (3rd)

Passing: 320.8 YPG (18th)

Rushing: 228.2 YPG (17th)

Seminoles QB Jameis Winston has been the biggest offensive revelation of the college football season so far. It’s no wonder why Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide fought so hard to keep this guy from leaving the state of Alabama. FSU has scored more than 40 points in every single game and eclipsed the 60-point and 600-yard marks twice. But this unit faces its steepest challenge this weekend at No. 3 Clemson. Another stellar offensive performance on the road could see the Noles climb higher in the power rankings.

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3. Oregon Ducks

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Total Offense: 630.5 YPG (2nd)

Scoring: 56.8 PPG (2nd)

Passing: 306.5 YPG (21st)

Rushing: 324 YPG (3rd)

Can Oregon be stopped? That’s become a perennial question in the realm of college football. You could say this year is no different, but that would be a disservice to this Ducks offense. QB Marcus Mariota is putting together what could be the best season ever by an Oregon player and could become the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner. He leads an offense that ranks third or better in three of the four major statistical categories. Oregon has been held to less than 55 points just once (45 last week against Washington) and less than 600 yards twice in six games. Next victim: Washington State.

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2. Texas A&M Aggies

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Total Offense: 586.5 YPG (3rd)

Scoring: 47.8 PPG (4th)

Passing: 361.8 YPG (6th)

Rushing: 224.7 YPG (20th)

It’s no surprise for a team with the reigning Heisman Trophy winner to be included on a list of best offenses, but the Aggies are putting up numbers that you can’t help but marvel at. And, against some pretty good defenses – see 628 yards and 42 points against No. 1 Alabama. A&M has scored 40 or more in every single game this season. It has probably the best offensive player in college football as its QB, a great receiving corps and a number of solid RBs. There appears to be simply no stopping this bunch. No. 24 Auburn gets its shot this weekend.

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1. Baylor Bears

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Total Offense: 715.4 YPG (1st)

Scoring: 63.4 PPG (1st)

Passing: 414.2 YPG (2nd)

Rushing: 301.2YPG (4th)

There are explosive college football offenses, and then there’s the Baylor Bears. This group is playing at a level all its own so far. Sure, the competition hasn’t been great, but you can’t take away anything from an offense that averages more than 60 points and 700 yards, especially when its starters have only played in the fourth quarter once all season. It’s near impossible to find a weakness on this unit, which ranks first in both yardage and scoring, and fourth or better in every major category. The Bears’ numbers fell slightly after last week’s 35-25 win at K-State, but there’s no reason to move this group down the rankings. You can expect Baylor’s offense bounce back this week against Iowa State’s 87th-ranked scoring defense.