Run-pass balance is overrated in today’s college football.
Ask Auburn, which ran its way to an SEC championship in 2013 and came within seconds of scoring the national championship as well.
Sure, many teams aspire to 50-50 run-pass balance, whether that number is derived from play calls or yardage.
Some are more content to utilize a low-risk power game capable of dominating opponents into submission.
Today, we examine 12 college football teams from the power conferences—formerly known as BCS conferences—who could average fewer than 25 passing attempts per regular season game.
Since this list only considers college football teams from major conferences, programs such as Navy, Army, Air Force and New Mexico will not appear.
To determine the likelihood of run-heavy attacks, we take a look at passing attempts and consider the returning skill positions—especially quarterback. Coaching tendencies—from head coaches and offensive coordinators—have also been taken into account.
Here is the list of the 12 major college football teams who could throw the ball fewer than 300 times this season.