10 College Football Teams Implementing New Offensive Systems in 2014

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10 College Football Teams Implementing New Offensive Systems in 2014
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Sometimes, all a program needs is a new offensive direction.

Such was the case at Auburn last season, when the Tigers, fresh off an embarrassing 3-9 year, hired Gus Malzahn and Rhett Lashlee, implemented a unique strain of the uptempo spread offense, averaged more than 500 yards per game, won the SEC and came within 13 seconds of being crowned national champions.

It is more than a bit unrealistic to expect such a drastic turnaround—from any team—in 2014, but it's just as crazy to not acknowledge the possibility. We have all seen what a new offensive system can do.

On that note, let's preview 10 FBS teams that are introducing new schemes this upcoming season. Primary consideration was given to teams in the power conferences, although one reigning "group of five" conference champion was added to the list as well.

One note before we continue: This is not a simple list of teams with new offensive coordinators. Even if they were outside hires, and even though that may mean new terminology and subtle schematic differences, only teams making a marked systematic change were included. This is explained in more depth on the following slide.

Sound off below, and let me know which team from the list you think will have the best—or most improved—offensive output in 2014.


Note: All pace of play stats courtesy of CFB Matrix.

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