This is the first of five parts in WVU Fan's series of top five college football lists for 2008.
They say that defense wins championships, but there are some teams in college football that can score on almost any defense in the country. There are teams that can explode at any time, anywhere. We have compiled a list of teams who can go over, around, and through opposing defenses.
Last season, the Gator offense averaged an amazing 42 points per game in the toughest conference in America. With most of their weapons back, and unmatchable speed at the skill positions, look for reigning Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow and Co. to push the limits of 50 points per game.
1a. Texas Tech
Mike Leach has always been known for having a high-powered, high-scoring passing attack at Texas Tech. Now he has taken it to a whole new level with all-world, award-winning Michael Crabtree, and preseason Heisman-hopeful Graham Harrell. In the 2007 season, the Red Raiders averaged 40 points per game.
3. West Virginia
Don't expect the WVU offense to take a step back with the departures of Steve Slaton, Owen Schmitt, and Darius Reynaud. The Mountaineers pose even more speed with the dynamic duo of Pat White and Noel Devine. Look for the same explosive ground game, and, with the addition of Jeff Mullen, the air attack will improve with the ultra-quick Jock Sanders, Arlic Arnett, and converted quarterback Bradly Starks. The 'Eers averaged 39 points per game in 2007.
Missouri burst onto the college football scene last year, with an explosive, high-scoring offense that averaged 39 points per game. Led by Heisman-hopeful passer Chase Daniel, and super-sophomore, all-purpose-man Jeremy Maclin, the Tigers offense hopes to repeat, if not improve on an impressive 2007 campaign.
5. Central Michigan
Most people may be surprised with this pick at No. 5, but the Chippewas return Dan Lefevour, and a potent offense. Lefevour passed for 3,652 yards and 27 touchdowns and rushed for 1,122 yards and 19 scores. Led by head coach Butch Jones, the Chippewas hope to make another run at a MAC title.
This year Clemson looks to be the best in the sub-par ACC. And the reason for all of the optimism is the Tigers' high-scoring offense, which averaged 36 points per game last season. They return two electric running backs, CJ Spiller and James Davis, to lead a rushing attack that has both speed and power. Cullen Harper returns at quarterback to balance out this prolific offense.