Grading the Top 10 College Football Offenses Heading into Week 2
Here's how it's going to going: 10 teams are listed here that had, in my mind, the most impressive offensive performances of college football's Week 1.
Feel free to disagree, it's a free country. Those 10 teams are listed in no particular order, and each is assigned a grade as a unit.
Factored into the grades are strength of opponent, score, total yardage and the eye test—or, simply, how an offense looked on the field.
This list will see a ton of shifts as we move through the season, so don't take this as a forecast of sorts, as it will be about as accurate as gazing into a crystal ball.
Instead, enjoy catching up with the offensive exploits from this weekend, and then prepare for another weekend of college football.
10. Florida State Seminoles
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Week 1 Result: 'Noles 69, Racers 3
Talk about a dominant performance; the Seminoles took it to Murray State in Week 1.
Now, the Racers are no Clemson, but hanging 69 points on any team is an accomplishment.
The Seminoles displayed a deep and talented group of receivers and a deep stable of running backs.
There were definitely some kinks that need to be worked out, as evidenced by FSU's two turnovers, but expect this FSU offense to be rolling the entire season.
9. Arkansas Razorbacks
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Week 1 Result: Arkansas 49, Jacksonville State 24
Tyler Wilson and the Hogs' passing game is ready to go.
Arkansas lit up Jacksonville State for 400 yards through the air, and the offense rolled with 564 total.
Running back Knile Davis appeared to be back to 100 percent health, and the Razorbacks rolled up and down the field at will.
While they did not put up the points that Florida State or Oklahoma State managed to accumulate, the Arkansas offense appears ready to put up some points, even in the defense-oriented SEC.
8. Clemson Tigers
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Week 1 Result: Clemson 26, Auburn 19
The Tigers earn a spot on this list because they actually played a legit FBS defense, and still managed to be extremely productive.
While the offense struggled at times, it finished the day with 528 total yards of offense and 28 first downs.
Andre Ellington was especially dominant at running back, averaging 8.9 yards in his 23 carries.
While the passing game was not particularly effective versus Auburn, the Clemson offense gets the edge in nearly any matchup it will face this season with the return of Sammy Watkins from suspension.
7. Oklahoma State Cowboys
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Week 1 Result: Oklahoma State 84, Savannah State 0
I get it, Savannah State is awful and has no business being on the same field as Oklahoma State.
But the Cowboys put up a whopping 84 points.
Their third-string offense was rolling up points with regularity against the Tigers, and Mike Gundy's team could not be stopped. The Cowboys put up a national-best 395 yards rushing and only punted once.
While the level of competition will undoubtedly get more difficult, Oklahoma State looks primed to remain as one of the most efficient offenses in the nation, even with freshman quarterback Wes Lunt at the helm.
By the way, Lunt was a perfect 11-of-11 passing the ball.
6. Ohio State Buckeyes
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Week 1 Result: Ohio State 56, Miami 10
It took a full quarter for this offense to really get rolling, but once it did, the Buckeyes were scary good.
Quarterback Braxton Miller gained 368 total yards and three touchdowns, and the scoring started for OSU in the second quarter with the best catch of the weekend by Devin Smith.
The Buckeyes wound up with over 530 yards of offense, and while Miami (OH) is no Michigan State or Wisconsin, OSU showed that Urban Meyer's offense is going to run just fine with Miller at the helm.
If Miller continues to perform at this level, he will be the best quarterback in the Big Ten by season's end.
5. Nevada Wolf Pack
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Week 1 Result: Nevada 31, Cal 24
Penn State wasn't the only BCS conference team to be upset at home in Week 1. Cal suffered a loss at the hands of Chris Ault's upstart Nevada Wolf Pack.
And talk about balanced. Nevada gained 230 yards through the air and 220 on the ground.
Quarterback Cody Fajardo accounted for 327 total yards and a rushing touchdown for Nevada, and running back Stefphon Jefferson found the end zone three times.
On the road, against a BCS opponent, this was a huge performance.
4. Tennessee Volunteers
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Week 1 Result: Volunteers 35, Wolfpack 21
The loss of receiver Da'Rick Rogers was a blow to Tennessee's offense, but apparently not quite as severe as we expected it to be.
Tyler Bray led the Volunteers with two passing touchdowns and 333 yards through the air, while receiver Cordarelle Patterson stepped up and provided plenty of fireworks, catching six passes for 97 yards and rushing the ball twice for 72 yards and a score.
While many teams were beating up on cupcakes, the Vols took it to an N.C. State defense that featured cornerback David Amerson, a guy who many rate as the top pro prospect at corner in the nation.
Don't look now, but with the offense clicking the way it is, the Vols might be back...
3. Oregon Ducks
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Week 1 Result: Oregon 57, Arkansas State 34
If there were any questions about the Ducks offense and its ability to perform after losing LaMichael James and Darron Thomas, they have been laid to rest.
The Ducks' duo of alliterative quarterbacks, Marcus Mariota and Bryan Bennett, combined for four TDs and one interception (by Bennett).
The team put up over 600 yards of offense, amassed 34 first downs and punted only twice.
While the defense might be in question after allowing Arkansas State quarterback Ryan Aplin to score four times, the offense is clicking on all cylinders.
With Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas ready to explode every time they touch the ball, and freshman back Byron Marshall proving his worth, this offense is going to continue to outrun and wear out opponents all year long.
2. West Virginia Mountaineers
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Week 1 Result: WVU 69, Marshall 24
Going into Week 1, it was assumed by many that the Mountaineers offense would pick up where it left off in the Orange Bowl.
It's safe to say that they did. The performance of quarterback Geno Smith in the 'Eers win over Marshall was scary good.
Smith completed 88.9 percent of his passes, including four touchdowns, while throwing for 323 yards and no interceptions.
The opponent was Marshall, so it still remains to be seen what WVU will do against a legitimate defense, but Saturday's performance gives us some insight into how explosive it will be this fall.
Wide receiver Stedman Bailey highlighted an explosive group of receivers, with nine catches, two touchdowns and over 100 yards receiving.
1. USC Trojans
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Week 1 Result: USC 49, Hawaii 10
We knew that USC's offense would be potent going into this season. We also knew that Matt Barkley would be very, very good.
The Trojans demonstrated to us that we may have underestimated that offense a little bit in its whooping of Hawaii.
Barkley went off for 372 yards and four scores through the air, PSU transfer Silas Redd averaged over six yards per carry, and receivers Marqise Lee and Robert Woods looked like men among boys against the Hawaii secondary.
While the level of competition was not of the stiffest variety, the Trojans were about as distracted by the Hawaii defense as a horse brushing its tail at a gnat.