College Football 2011 Predictions: The 25 Teams That Will Score the Most Points

Pat MarrujoContributor IMay 12, 2011

College Football 2011 Predictions: The 25 Teams That Will Score the Most Points

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks runs down field against the Auburn Tigers during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jonathan
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    There is nothing more exciting in college football than a good ole fashion offensive shootout.

    Some say that defense wins championships, but that might not be the case in college football anymore.

    Last season, the BCS title game featured two teams that were known for their unstoppable offense rather than their defense. Times are changing, and the teams that score the most points are now generally the best.

    In this list, I ranked the top 25 teams that will score more points than any other teams in college football.

25. TCU Horned Frogs/Auburn Tigers

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    AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 23:  Michael Dyer #5 of the Auburn Tigers against the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Both of these schools were in the top five last season in scoring but should expect a big drop off in 2011.

    TCU is losing quarterback and leader Andy Dalton, three of their top four receivers and the majority of their offensive line from a season ago.  However, running back Ed Wesley should keep the Horned Frog attack fairly solid.

    Auburn is losing the player whom their whole offense revolved around, Heisman winning quarterback Cam Newton. Other than running back Michael Dyer, the Tigers will have to fill plenty of big shoes on offense next season.

24. Arizona State Sun Devils

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    TUCSON, AZ - DECEMBER 02:  Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Arizona State Sun Devils celebrates after defeating the Arizona Wildcats in college football game at Arizona Stadium on December 2, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Wildc
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    The Sun Devils quietly averaged 32.6 points per game last season, good enough for 26th in college football.

    That is amazing considering the Sun Devils were one of the worst teams in the nation in red zone efficiency last season.

    However, there is plenty of hype surrounding their offense and this team heading into the 2011 season. Quarterback Brock Osweiler and his offense should improve greatly in the second season of offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone’s spread offense.

23. USC Trojans

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30:  Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans lines up against the Oregon Ducks at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 30, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    USC could have been the most underachieving offense in the nation last season. The Trojans averaged just 30.8 points per game last year.

    They are led by quarterback Matt Barkley and an endless stable of running backs.

    If USC can get more consistency out of their offensive line, this unit will be much more consistent. They have the potential to be a great offense but have yet to put the pieces together.

22. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 18:  Fans of the Texas Tech Red Raiders cheer against the Texas Longhorns at Jones AT&T Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Even though quarterback Tyler Potts is graduating, it is hard to imagine a Texas Tech team that is not dominant offensively.

    They return a very experienced offensive line from a season ago, but there is some doubt at the quarterback spot.

    Junior Seth Doege will more than likely get the first crack at the job. He can only assume that he will do well because of the strong history the Red Raiders have at quarterback.

21.Nevada Wolfpack

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    LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 02:  Nevada Reno Wolf Pack head coach Chris Ault (C) is flanked by quarterbacks Tyler Lantrip #16 and Mason Magleby #13 as Ault watches his players take on the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium October 2, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevad
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    Head coach Chris Ault’s pistol formation always seems to be able to put up big numbers for the Wolfpack.

    Nevada have two huge losses in quarterback Colin Kaepernick and running back Vai Taua. The success of this offense relies heavily on whether or not someone will be able to replace Kaepernick.

    Tyler Lantrip is expected to get the job and will have a lot of pressure on himself to lead an offense that ranked seventh in scoring a season ago.

20. Southern Miss Golden Eagles

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    LAWRENCE, KS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Austin Davis #12 of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles scrambles during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on September 26, 2009 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Southern Miss returns eight starters from an offense that averaged 36.8 points per game a season ago.

    Senior quarterback Austin Davis orchestrated a Golden Eagles attack that scored less than 28 points just twice all season.

    With most of their key players returning, Southern Miss should once against score a lot of point in 2011. They one of the many strong offensives featured in the C-USA.

19. Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 04:  Quarterback Taylor Martinez #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers drops back to pass against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Big 12 Championship at Cowboys Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/
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    You could make a case for Nebraska’s offense just about anywhere on this list. Almost all their offensive success will depend on quarterback Taylor Martinez.

    Martinez and the Husker offense were puzzling last season. One week, they would drop 55 points on Washington, and the next, they could only manage 17 against South Dakota State.

    The loss of three starting offensive linemen and running back Roy Helu will be felt. But with Martinez under center, the Huskers always have a chance to score in bunches.

18. Hawaii Warriors

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    HONOLULU - SEPTEMBER 2:  Quarterback Bryant Moniz #17 of the University of Hawaii Warriors makes a pass against the University of Southern California Trojans during first half action at Aloha Stadium September 2, 2010 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Kent N
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    Hawaii would normally find themselves in the top 10 of a list like this, but it is hard to have that much confidence in the Warriors next season.

    They return a measly three starters from a season ago, but luckily, one of them is quarterback Bryant Moniz. He is just another Hawaii quarterback benefiting from a system built for passers.

    Regardless, Hawaii always has the best passing team in the country and expect no different in 2011.

17. Georgia Bulldogs

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    AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 13:  Quarterback Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Georgia’s offense was very up and down last season. They were an inexperienced bunch that sometimes had trouble against elite defenses.

    Sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray is one of the rising stars in college football. He looks to have a stellar second season with the Bulldogs but will have to do so with out the recently drafted superstar receiver A.J Green.

    If Tavarres King can become a big time target for Murray, and the Bulldogs can settle on a feature running back, they should have one of the best offenses in the SEC next season.

16. Michigan Wolverines

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines rushes against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the Gator Bowl at EverBank Field on January 1, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida  (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)
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    Michigan’s offense turned heads early in the 2010 when they were dismantling weak defense. However, reality struck once Big Ten play started.

    The Wolverines struggled against elite defenses last season.

    Nonetheless, they do return 10 offensive starters from a season ago and quarterback Denard Robinson is one of the most electrifying players in college football.

    This unit has the potential to be one of the best in the nation but have a lot to prove.

15. Ohio State Buckeyes

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthe
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    The Ohio State Buckeyes are one of the hardest teams to speculate about. With all the controversy surrounding their program, it is difficult to say how they will look come September.

    All we know for sure is that if quarterback Terrelle Pryor is focused, his offense tends to generate points.

    Last season, the Buckeyes ranked 11th with 38.3 points per game.

14. Texas A&M Aggies

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 07:  Quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Texas A&M Aggies throws against the LSU Tigers during the AT&T Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 7, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    The 2010 Texas A&M seasons was a tale of two teams, the Aggies with Jerrod Johnson at quarterback and the Aggies with Ryan Tannehill at quarterback.

    Tannehill is being called an early Heisman favorite, and his Aggies are legitimate Big 12 title contenders.

    With 10 offensive starters returning from a season ago, the A&M should have one of the strongest squads in the country. Wide Receiver Jeff Fuller and running back Cyrus Gray are two of the best playmakers in the Big 12.

13. Troy Trojans

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 18:  Quarterback Corey Robinson #6 of the Troy University Trojans throws a pass during the game against the Ohio University Bobcats during the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on December 18, 2010 in New
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    Quarterback Corey Robinson led one of the strongest offenses in the country last season at Troy.

    His team averaged 34.1 points per game and had the 11th best passing offense in the nation.

    Last season, Troy showed that they can score on top notch programs like Oklahoma State and South Carolina and will get another chance to show their stuff against Clemson and Arkansas in 2011.

12. East Carolina Pirates

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    BLACKSBURG, VA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback Dominique Davis #4 of the East Carolina Pirates runs with the ball against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Blacksburg, Virginia.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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    East Carolina is yet another small school that dominated teams through the air last season.

    Quarterback Dominique Davis led the eighth-best pass offense in college football last season.

    Lance Lewis, a wide receiver who caught 89 for 1,116 yards last season, is also back for the pirates. Do not be surprised if they match, or even beat, their 36.8 points per game average from a season ago.

11. Alabama Crimson Tide

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide is tackled by Nick Fairly #90 of the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    There are plenty of reasons to like Alabama’s offense.

    They scored 35.5 points per game last season, return their entire offensive line from a season ago and have Trent Richardson at running back.

    Sure, quarterback Greg McElroy and wide receiver Julio Jones will be missed but don’t expect this offense to take a big step back in 2011.

    A lot of pressure will be placed on A.J. McCarron or Phillip Sims to take over for McElroy under center.

10. Houston Cougars

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    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Cougars at the game against the UCLA Bruins in the second quarter at the Rose Bowl on September 18, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  UCLA won 31-13.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
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    Houston is just another one of those programs that always seems to have an unstoppable offense every season.

    With the fifth-best passing attack in the country last season, Houston averaged 37.7 points per game.

    Do you remember quarterback Case Keenum?

    Two seasons ago, Keenum was one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, but seemingly disappeared last season when he went down with an injury. He is returning this season and looks to dominate like he has in previous years for the Cougars.

9. San Diego State Aztecs

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    SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 20:  Running back Ronnie Hillman #13 of the San Deigo State Aztecs carries the ball on a five yard touchdown run in the second quarter against the Utah Utes at Qualcomm Stadium on November 20, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by
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    If you did not get a chance to see this team play in 2010, make sure you catch them in 2011.

    Quarterback Ryan Lindley and running back Ronnie Hillman are two of the most underrated players in the country and the driving force of the Aztec offense.

    With tough games at TCU, Michigan and at home against Boise State, don’t be surprised if the Aztecs can pull of an upset or two next season. Lindley and Hillman are unstoppable when they are on their games.

8. Tulsa Golden Hurricanes

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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 04:  Quarterback G.J. Kinne #4 of the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes scrambles with the football against the Tulane Green Wave at the Louisiana Superdome on September 4, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.   The Hurricanes defeated the Green
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    Tulsa is finding themselves ranked in most preseason polls due to the dominance of their offense.

    Last season, their offense in the top 15 nationally in both running and passing the ball. It resulted in 41.1 points per game, good enough for seventh in the country.

    With 10 starters returning on defense for the Golden Hurricanes, including quarterback G.J. Kinne and receiver Damaris Johnson, all signs point toward another strong offense in Tulsa.

7. Wisconsin Badgers

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    IOWA CITY, IA - OCTOBER 23- Running back James White #20 of the Wisconsin Badgers drives the ball down field against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes during the first half of play at Kinnick Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa. Wisconsin won 31-
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    Despite losing quarterback Scott Tolzien and offensive tackle Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin’s offense should roll again in 2011.

    They have the most impressive running back duo in the nation with Montee Ball and James white, and the Badgers return three starting offensive linemen from a season ago.

    The trick now it finding a quarterback. Jon Budmayr is expected to get the starting nod.

    Wisconsin showcased the fifth-best scoring offense in the country last season, averaging 41.5 points per game.

6. Stanford Cardinal

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03: Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal stands on the field during warm ups against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Gett
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    Last season, Stanford averaged 39.8 points per game behind quarterback Andrew Luck and running back Stepfan Taylor.

    The Cardinal are going to need brilliance out of these two again if they want to follow up on their Orange Bowl winning season last year.

    Losing their top two receivers and three starting offensive linemen will make it difficult for Stanford to match last season’s numbers. But if anyone can get it done, it is Andrew Luck.

5. Arkansas Razorbacks

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Knile Davis #7 of the Arkansas Razorbacks runs the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty
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    The difference between Arkansas’s 2010 offense and their offense in 2011 will be the use of running back Knile Davis.

    Last season, Davis did not receive the bulk of the carries until midway through the season and was the second option on the Razorbacks offense. Now with quarterback Ryan Mallett gone, Davis should be getting the ball early and often.

    Quarterback Tyler Wilson looks like he could be every bit as good as Mallett, so don’t expect the Razorbacks offense to miss a beat in 2011.

4. Oklahoma Sooners

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Ryan Broyles #85 of the Oklahoma Sooners runs after a catch against the Connecticut Huskies during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Pet
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    The Oklahoma Sooners feature arguably the best quarterback/receiver tandem in the country with Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles. The two are one of the main reasons the Sooner find themselves ranked at the top of most preseason polls.

    The only hole on the Sooners offense is at running back. DeMarco Murray moved on to the NFL and Oklahoma is now searching for a new feature back.

    If they can find a consistent running game, then there Oklahoma’s offense should be amongst the best around.

3. Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    LAWRENCE, KS - NOVEMBER 20:  Quarterback Brandon Weeden #3 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys passes during the game against  the Kansas Jayhawks on November 20, 2010 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    If anyone has a tougher quarterback/receiver tandem than Jones and Broyles, it is Oklahoma State’s duo Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon.

    Last season, the two connected for 20 touchdowns with each other and were an unstoppable force. With their leadership, the Pokes averaged 44.2 points per game last season.

    Nobody is going to doubt Oklahoma States offense next season, but their defense is another story. The Pokes better hope that their offense is as great is advertised, because their defense is subpar at best.

2. Boise State Broncos

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 22:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos warms up before playing against the Utah Utes in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State Won 26-3.  (Photo by Et
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    You can blame it on their weak competition, but Boise State flat out scores a lot of points. The Broncos scored 45.1 points per game last season and return most of the key pieces from that squad.

    They have to balance the run and the pass every week. The Broncos ranked sixth in passing and 21st in rushing last season.

    Quarterback Kellen Moore and running back Doug Martin are both back for the 2011 season, and will probably be unstoppable yet again. Don’t be surprised if Boise State’s offense carries them to yet another BCS birth.

1. Oregon Ducks

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Darron Thomas #1 of the Oregon Ducks looks on against the Auburn Tigers during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Ge
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    No real surprise here. Oregon is returning most of key players from what was one of the most prolific offensives of all time last season.

    Quarterback Darron Thomas and running back LaMichael James are both Heisman candidates in 2011 and nightmares for opposing defenses. Expect them to roll through the season undefeated just like they did last year.


    The Ducks averaged a FBS best 46.8 points per game and gained a grand total of 6,899 yards last season.