College Football Predictions 2011: Oregon, Hawaii and the 5 Best Offenses
Oregon and Hawaii were dominating on the offensive side in their own respective way in 2010. Both have players who return in 2011 in hopes of having the same type of success.
College football has a majority of high-octane offenses like Oregon and Hawaii, but some produce at a much higher rate than others.
Here are the five best offenses in college football when the season is all said and done.
No 5: Boise State Broncos
Kellen Moore led the fifth best offense in college football in 2010. He will be back for his senior year.
The Broncos scored 45 points per game in the WAC last season. They have since moved to the Mountain West Conference, but the offensive numbers should still be high enough to crack the top five.
Boise State collected 6,777 yards which is 521 yards per contest in 2010.
There should be no question that Boise State will fight for another undefeated season in 2011, but the conference will be a little better than people believe.
Regardless of the opponent, Boise State head coach Chris Petersen will continue to show his offensive brilliance.
No 4: Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oklahoma State has a prolific offense returning in 2011.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden threw for 4,277 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2010. He has his favorite target, one of the best receivers in all of college football, Justin Blackmon returning for his junior season.
Blackmon was on the receiving end of 102 receptions, 1,665 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. He will show people why he is a top-five talent in the 2012 NFL Draft.
In 2010, the Cowboys racked up 6,763 yards, deserving of the sixth-best offense in the nation.
They put up 44 points per game in 2010, and their offense should be great again this season.
No 3: Oklahoma Sooners
Oklahoma ranked seventh in total offense with 6,739 yards in 2010
Landry Jones has a great opportunity to win the Heisman at Oklahoma in 2011. The Sooners love to throw the football, and Jones' numbers will benefit greatly from their style.
Jones threw for 4,289 yards and 35 touchdowns. He attempted 568 passes and connected on 371 throws.
He will have his favorite target in Ryan Broyles back for his senior season. Broyles collected 118 receptions, 1452 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.
Do you blame him for returning? Barring an injury, Broyles will have another 100 reception year, allowing the Sooners' offense to be dynamic in 2011.
No 2: Hawaii Warriors
Although Hawaii does lose running back Alex Green and wide receivers Greg Salas and Keoloha Pilares to the National Football League, the Warriors should be great with returning quarterback Bryant Moniz.
Moniz threw for 4,629 yards which was first in the nation, and he collected 36 touchdowns.
The system that head coach Greg McMackin uses allows the quarterback to throw all day in order to score points. Obviously, the Warriors aren't a complete football team, but their offense should be great once again under McMackin.
Hawaii was second in the nation in total offense with 7,009 yards.
No 1: Oregon Ducks
Oregon head coach Chip Kelly sure knows how to put points on the board at a high rate. His Ducks put up the most points in the nation last season with 47 points per game.
LaMichael James and Darron Thomas are back for another season and the results should be equal or possibly even better in 2011.
Thomas threw for 30 touchdowns and ran for five more last season.
James was a Heisman Trophy Finalist last season after rushing for 1,731 and 21 touchdowns.
Oregon had the fourth-best offense in 2011 combining for 6,899 yards.
The likelihood of Oregon having the same success yardage-wise is high considering how their offensive running style is nearly unstoppable.
Expect the Ducks to be around the top of the offensive leaderboard come season's end.