Top 10 Offenses in College Football Heading into Week 11
Top 10 Offenses in College Football Heading into Week 11
They say that defense win championships but it’s the offense that the people come to see. This season, the championship contenders are loaded with offensive talent. All five unbeaten BCS automatic qualifier teams this season rank in the top 10 of scoring offenses and both the potential BCS busters are in the mix as well. All across the country, offensive attacks are getting better, faster and more efficient to catapult their teams ahead of the pack in the chase for the BCS National Championship.
The depth of talent on the offensive side of the ball this season is almost unfair when you try and develop a defense to slow them down. Each team on this list has playmakers not only at quarterback but also at running back and wide receiver. There are countless options for teams to break games open and it becomes a “Pick your poison” proposition for defenses that line up against them. Take away one guy and get burned by two others.
It’s that versatility and depth that turns a good offensive team into a great one. In today’s game, there’s just no way that a single playmaker can carry their team to the top. It takes an arsenal of dynamic gamebreakers to rise above the rabble and make a run at a national title. If you’re too one-dimensional, eventually a defense will take that option away and leave you scrambling to find some offense.
That hasn’t been a problem for the teams on this list so far this season. They are stacked with offensive talent that has made them not only fun to watch but also dangerous to play. With that being said, let’s count down the top 10 offenses in college football heading into Week 11.
10. Clemson Tigers
The Clemson Tigers have fallen off the radar a bit since getting blown out by the Florida State Seminoles, but Tajh Boyd is putting together a season for the ages for the Tigers in 2013. He's been knocking down school and ACC records left and right in his final season at Clemson and has led the Tigers' offense to impressive marks of 39.8 points per game (No. 16 in the nation) and 508.2 yards per game (No. 13). They likely won't factor into the national title conversation at season's end, but Clemson is still a fantastic offense to watch week in and week out.
9. Indiana Hoosiers
If the Indiana Hoosiers had any kind of reliable defense, they'd be in the mix for the Big Ten title. As it stands now, however, they'll have to settle for having one of the best offenses in the conference without all that many wins to show for it. Running back Tevin Coleman has been a dynamic weapon for the Hoosiers, averaging 7.5 yards per touch this season and accounting for 131.6 yards per game rushing and receiving. His contribution has helped Indiana average 42.0 points per game this season (No. 9 in the country) and 511.8 yards per game (No. 11). If you play Indiana in 2013, you better be ready to win a shootout.
8. Arizona State Sun Devils
Don't look now, but the Arizona State Sun Devils are in control of the Pac 12 South thanks in no small part to their explosive offense in 2013. Todd Graham has his team clicking on all cylinders right now led by touchdown-scoring machine Marion Grice at running back. The senior back leads the nation in scoring this season with 18 total touchdowns on the year and has been pivotal in ASU putting up points in bunches this season, averaging 46.6 points per game (No. 6 in the nation) and 515.1 yards per game (No. 10). his nose for the endzone may just lead the Sun Devils to the conference title game this December.
7. Ohio State Buckeyes
If Urban Meyer does one thing well, it's put together a prolific offense. The Ohio State Buckeyes have yet to lose with Meyer at the helm thanks to their high-powered offensive attack laying waste to the rest of the Big Ten. Braxton Miller continues to develop under center and has become a key playmaker for the Buckeyes as they rack up 48.2 points per game (No. 5 in the country) and 530.9 yards per game (No. 8) with no signs of slowing down the rest of the season. They're making their competition look so bad, in fact, it might keep them out of the national title even with a perfect record (strength of schedule matters) if some teams ahead of them don't take a tumble this November.
6. Fresno State Bulldogs
Currently the front-runner for the title of BCS buster in 2013, the Fresno State Bulldogs have been lighting defenses up on their way into the BCS standings. Derek Carr has been the best quarterback nobody is talking about this season, averaging 382.6 yards per game through the air (No. 2 in the nation) with 28 touchdowns and just four interceptions. That production has pushed the Bulldogs' to No. 16 in the latest BCS rankings while averaging 43.9 points per game (No. 8 in the country) and 539.9 yards per game (No. 6). If they maintain their level of play, they'll be crashing the final BCS party this bowl season behind their high-powered offense.
5. Northern Illinois Huskies
If Fresno State slips up, however, the Northern Illinois Huskies will be right there to pass them in the chase to bust the BCS. NIU has not dropped off a bit since last season when they did get into a BCS bowl game despite getting man-handled by FSU and losing their head coach to the ACC. Jordan Lynch continues to be all-World for the Huskies, ranking No. 11 in the country in total offense this season with 1,871 passing yards and 1,150 rushing yards with 31 total touchdowns. The Huskies would love a chance to get some BCS redemption in 2013 and their offense is paving the way for them to get there.
4. Texas A&M Aggies
Winning the Heisman Trophy last season has done nothing to slow down Johnny Manziel. If anything, he's made the Texas A&M AggiesYour text to link... even more dangerous offensively this season with an improved passing attack thanks to his work on his accuracy during the offseason. Johnny Football ranks No. 3 in the country in total offense, accounting for 3,431 total yards already this season and 34 total touchdowns. His play has led the Aggies to 49.0 points per game (No. 4 in the country) and 582.6 yards per game (No. 3). The gaudy offensive numbers just underlie how terrible the A&M defense has been this season, which has single-handedly knocked the Aggies out of the SEC and national title conversation.
3. Florida State Seminoles
Have you heard the word of Jameis Winston yet? The freshman quarterback has the Florida State Seminoles in the thick of the national title conversation thanks to his dynamic play this season and seemingly unflappable poise under pressure. He's out there having fun and making it look easy, leading FSU to 51.1 points per game (No. 3 in the country) and 549.1 yards per game (No. 4) as they have blown away any and all challengers in 2013. The offensive explosion in Tallahassee has been fun to watch but will still need some help to punch their ticket to Pasadena for the national title game. (Geaux Tree!)
2. Oregon Ducks
It's hard to play perfect for any extended period of time, but so far Marcus Mariota is about as close as anyone can get leading the Oregon Ducks in 2013. The sophomore signal caller is a front-runner for the Heisman Trophy this season thanks to his dynamic play-making ability that has been on full display so far this season. Mariota ranks No. 9 in the nation in total offense and scored 29 total touchdowns. The most impressive stat, however, is the fact that he's yet to throw an interception. That sound decision making has been vital in Oregon posting 55.6 points per game this season (No. 2 in the country) and 632.1 yards per game (No. 2) and will continue to be the deciding factor on how far the Ducks go this season.
1. Baylor Bears
When it comes to offensive firepower in 2013, however, nobody is doing it quite like the Baylor Bears. Art Briles may have built his most complete team yet in Waco led by an offense that is burning out lighbulbs in scoreboards everywhere they play. Bryce Petty, Lache Seastrunk, Antwan Goodley and Tevin Reese are as explosive as anyone in the country and all play on the field at the same time for Baylor this season. That wealth of playmakers has led to Baylor's outrageous offensive production this season, leading the nation in scoring offense (63.9 ppg) and total offense (717.3 ypg). They will have their opportunity to prove their for real in November and pit their unstoppable offense against the best of the Big 12. If they keep going at the blinding pace they have been, it will be a travesty to keep them from playing for the national title.