BCS Standings: Most Exciting Teams Still in the Mix

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2012

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 29:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers drops back to pass against the Baylor Bears during the game on September 29, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Defense wins championships, sure. But offense is why we watch.

There has been a significant shift in college football over the years on the offensive side of the ball, as more and more teams have taken a liking to the spread style. With more room and more options, the game has begun to open up, leading to more big plays and, of course, more entertainment. 

With college football's BCS race heating up and a number of teams lighting up the scoreboard, there's no better time than now to find out which teams are the country's most exciting.

Let's take a look at the most entertaining teams still in the BCS mix. 


Oregon Ducks

Offense doesn't get any better than when Oregon's on the field. The Ducks have become the poster child for spread offense in college football under Chip Kelly, and they don't plan on stopping any time soon.

Matt Toeaina on Twitter is dead on when he says Oregon's O can't slow down:

#OregonDucks offense doesn't know how to slow down, so they change drivers. One Speed #Fast

— Matt Toeaina (@JimmyFlySnuka75) October 19, 2012


Oregon features too many playmakers and speedsters to count. From Marcus Mariota to De'Anthony Thomas, the Ducks' offense can break a big play at any minute and loves to go for the normally rare two-point conversion after scoring.

Love or hate the Pac-12, Oregon and its No. 4-ranked rushing attack are no joke.

Led by Kenjon Barner and DAT, Oregon's runners have run for more than 2,200 yards and 27 touchdowns thus far in 2012. If the Ducks can maintain that pace, they'll be headed to Miami to play for the national championship in January. 


West Virginia Mountaineers

Despite their disturbing past two weeks, what's not to love about West Virginia offensively? The Mountaineers throw the football, rack up big-time yards and score tons of points.

Well, most of the time.

Sure, their defense is nonexistent, but there's something exciting about a team that's forced to outscore its opponents in order to win. Dana Holgorsen's squad still ranks sixth in the nation in passing offense and 13th in scoring offense. 

Quarterback Geno Smith has put up video game-like numbers and is on pace to throw for more than 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns, which is not easy to do. He has a long way to go, but so far he's looked superhuman at times while leading a potent WVU attack.

Say what you will about the Mountaineers' porous defense, but there's no denying they are one of nation's  most exciting teams, even if they are probably out of the national championship mix.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

If West Virginia is the LeBron James of passing offense in college football, then Texas Tech is Kevin Durant. The Red Raiders rank fourth in the nation in pass offense this fall.

Tommy Tuberville's squad is averaging more than 40 points per game and is led by gunslinger Seth Doege, who throws for a touchdown on 15 percent of his pass attempts. Doege torched West Virginia this October, throwing for 499 yards and six touchdowns in Texas Tech's shocking win over the Big 12 newcomer.

The Red Raiders' scoring defense has been a huge part of their success, but their explosive style of offense, led by their aerial attack, is what makes them so fun to watch.


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