Big 12 Football: Power Ranking Conference's Best Offenses
Every conference seems to have its own identity. The SEC is known for its stifling defense, while the Big 12 is quickly building a reputation for high-scoring offense. With the addition of West Virginia and TCU, this is a conference that produces a ton of points and is becoming a fun place to tune in and watch football games.
There are currently six Big 12 programs that are averaging at least 40 points a game and four of the Top 10 schools for total offense are from this conference. If you are one of those fans who enjoys watching the scoreboard change every five seconds, this is the place for you.
With a month of college football on the books, let's break down the top offenses in the Big 12 conference.
The Rest of the Pack
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6. Kansas State
10. Iowa State
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Before the season started, Texas was supposed to be a defensive juggernaut and have an offense that struggled to put points up on the board.
I have no idea what happened to David Ash, but the sophomore quarterback is completing 78 percent of his passes and has thrown 10 touchdowns. Maybe Colt McCoy re-enrolled at Texas and slapped on a No. 14 jersey because this can't be the same quarterback.
The running back tandem of Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown has been great, as the Longhorns have the 19th best rushing attack in the country.
Texas has scored 18 touchdowns on 22 red zone trips and is averaging 47 points per contest. If this type of production continues, you can bet that head coach Mack Brown has a championship contender on his hands.
So why are the Longhorns a little low?
I'm not sure I trust Ash for the entire season. After all, this is a quarterback who completed only 56 percent of his passes and threw four more interceptions than touchdowns last year. While you can't overlook what this unit is doing, it will be interesting to see how this offense continues to execute during conference play.
4. Texas Tech
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Texas Tech may not have the most talented players in the country or players with household names, but this offense can move the ball with the best of them.
The Red Raiders have the 11th best scoring offense in the country and the seventh best passing attack. Quarterback Seth Doege is completing 71 percent of his passes, has thrown 15 touchdowns in four games and has created 24 plays of more than 15 yards. Last season was great for the Texas Tech quarterback, but this season looks like it could be one of the best in program history.
Texas Tech has three players who have rushed for more than 100 yards, including Kenny Williams and Eric Stephens Jr., who are both averaging more than six yards per carry.
This is also an offense that loves to spread the ball around, as 18 players have caught at least one pass, while six already have double-digit receptions.
You may be focused on some of the bigger programs in the Big 12, but the Red Raiders should not be slept on as conference play is set to begin.
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Robert Griffin III is no longer throwing the football in Waco; the Baylor Bears will go back to being the team that everybody laughs at.
Not so fast.
Baylor is second in the country, averaging 54 points per contest and 416 passing yards. Quarterback Nick Florence does not wear Superman socks, but he is completing close to 64 percent of his passes and has thrown 16 touchdown passes in four games.
Wide receiver Terrance Williams looks more and more like an NFL prospect every week. He has 34 receptions for 667 yards and six touchdowns. With his height at 6'2" and terrific speed, he will attract many NFL teams once his senior season is over with.
Baylor may not be able to stop anybody on the defensive side of the ball, but with this explosive offense, the Bears remain a threat in the Big 12.
2. Oklahoma State
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Oklahoma State was also an offense that lost star power with Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon moving on to the NFL. But with the way the offense is producing, you would think those college greats were still on the field.
Despite losing two games already, the Cowboys are averaging close to 56 points per game, which is not only the best in the conference but the best in the country. The rushing attack is seventh best in college football, passing game is sixth and this is the only Big 12 team that has scored on every trip in the red zone at a perfect 25 for 25.
Running back Joseph Randle has really stepped his game up from last season, averaging seven yards per carry and rushing for more than 100 yards in the first four games. The three quarterbacks the team has used have thrown a combined six interceptions, but when you are passing for more than 350 yards, a couple of mistakes are easier to sweep under the rug.
Once again, this is an offense that is capable of scoring quickly and often.
1. West Virginia
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Was there any doubt that West Virginia would be No. 1? The Mountaineers aren't only the best offense in the conference, but this may be the best offensive unit in all of college football.
Similar to how Robert Griffin III improved his draft stock last season, quarterback Geno Smith appears to be doing exactly the same thing. He is completing 83 percent of his passes, has thrown for 20 touchdowns in four games and has yet to throw an interception. In last week’s game against Baylor, the senior quarterback had more touchdown passes than incompletions.
While Smith is the clear-cut favorite for the Heisman Trophy, he also has terrific wide receivers in Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. In just four games, those two alone have combined for 1,195 yards and 17 touchdowns. And although the Mountaineers don't run the ball very often, they are still averaging more than five yards a touch on the ground.
As a team, West Virginia has scored 15 touchdowns on 17 red zone trips, has nine plays of over 40 yards and is converting 60 percent of their third down attempts.
This is by far the scariest offense for any defense to face.