College Football Rankings Week 5: 5 Most Explosive Offenses in the Top 25
The best teams in the nation are the teams who can score. In the modern era of college football, it seems that offenses are ahead of defenses.
Quick strikes and no-huddle looks make it difficult for opposing defenses to prepare with substitutions and the right defensive play calls.
When the offense makes a mistake, it's 2nd-and-10 or, at worst, a turnover. A defensive breakdown these days is seven points.
These five teams are the best in the top 25 at causing those breakdowns.
Honorable Mentions: Stanford and Michigan
These two teams feature two of the most dynamic players in the nation: Andrew Luck and Denard Robinson.
But this is about overall offense. These two teams have great offenses, but here are the top five.
The No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners feature a potent passing attack led by junior Landry Jones.
In just three team games, Jones has already surpassed 1000 yards passing, including 448 this week. He has also thrown five touchdown passes. The interceptions are a little high (four already), but once that gets under control, this offense will be very tough to stop.
Senior Ryan Broyles and sophomore Jaz Reynolds form quite the receiving tandem. Broyles is a possession type, but is also a playmaker, catching 13 balls this weekend and scoring three times against Mizzou.
They can also rush it effectively, mostly with Dominque Whaley, who is averaging close to five yards a carry this season.
The Ducks always feature a high-flying offense, and this year is no exception.
Averaging 52 points per game, the Ducks can score any time they touch the ball on any play.
Their quarterback, Darron Thomas, has already thrown 12 touchdowns on the season to just one interceptio, and has passed for 842 yards.
Their explosiveness is not only confined to their passing game, but they also feature one of the nation's best runners in LaMichael James. James is already on his way to a huge season, with 612 yards on the ground and seven touchdown runs.
The only reason this offense isn't higher on the list of explosive offense is their opening-game performance against LSU. This was the only time they were facing a challenging opponent, and they were only able to tally 27 points.
3. Oklahoma State
When Dana Holgorsen left OK State for the Mountaineers, he left behind a very potent offense. After hanging 30 points on Texas A&M this week, the Cowboys improved to 4-0 on the young season and have scored at least 30 in every game this year.
The Cowboys are led by quarterback Brandon Weeden, who has already thrown for 1592 yards in just four games played. He has thrown for over 300 yards in each game this season, including 438 yards in a record-setting performance this weekend.
Receiver, Justin Blackmon continues to impress, amassing 450 yards already this season. He has scored four times, including two touchdowns this weekend against the Aggies.
On Wisconsin. The Badgers have been moving on down the field all season en-route to scoring points seemingly at will this season. They average 48.5 points per game and feature one of the most exciting players in the nation in Russell Wilson.
Wilson has thrown 11 touchdowns on the year and has only thrown one interception. He is a precision passer, who has connected on an amazing 76 percent of his pass attempts on the year.
The signal-caller is also a threat with his legs, demonstrating this aspect of his game with 61 yards rushing against UNLV.
The team also can run the ball behind Montee Ball, who has scored 10 touchdowns on the season, nine of them on the ground. He averages 90 yards per game on the ground.
1. Boise State
Boise State features one of the best players in the nation in Kellen Moore. The quarterback has thrown for 995 yards in just three games and has completed 79 percent of his passes.
This is the most explosive offense in the top 25 because the Broncs routinely score early and when it counts, racing out to huge leads and putting it on cruise control for the rest of the game.
Moore spreads the ball around to all his weapons, with seven players catching at least eight passes on the year.
Burroughs leads the team with 182 receiving yard, but Tyler Shoemaker has already amassed six touchdown receptions.