Who has the best offense in college football right now?

It was a steadfast defensive effort that eventually powered through Georgia its first national title in over 40 years last season — but still, offense is the dominant theme in today’s era of college football.

The country is full of very strong attacking forces and they will soon be on full display when the season starts in the coming months.

But which attacking department is poised to be the best next season?

It’s never too early to take a look.

USC Trojans

In 2021, USC went 4-8, but they landed a coach in Lincoln Riley, who is widely recognized as one of the top offensive minds in college football. Riley brought a host of offensive weapons that played for him at Oklahoma, including freshman Caleb Williams and wide receiver Mario Williams.

Last season, Riley’s Sooners were eighth in the NCAA in points per game (39.1), 18th in yards per game (451.0) and 33rd in passing yards per game. Oklahoma generally took care of the ball under Riley, committing just 12 turnovers all season, which was tied for 13th in college football. When the Sooners got into the end zone, they punted 75.8% of the time, second best in college football. Oklahoma’s high-powered offense scored 40 or more points in six of their 13 games last season.

Riley hopes his offensive expertise translates to USC for the 2022 season. USC ranked 65th in scoring (28.7) and 23rd in total yards per game (443.9) last season.

Ole Miss Rebels

Ole Miss ranked sixth in yards per game at 492.5, 11th in rushing yards per game (218.5) and 22nd in passing yards per game. The arrival of former USC quarterback Jaxson Dart should keep former quarterback Matt Corral’s offense at least on par with last season.

The Rebels were a high-scoring offense, scoring 30 or more points in seven of 13 games, and moved at a fast pace, generating the second-most turnovers per game (78.2). More games usually mean more turnovers, but Ole Miss kept its turnovers at bay, tying Oklahoma for the 13th fewest in college football (12).

Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes fell just shy of a spot in the College Football Playoff, finishing the season ranked sixth in the AP Poll. They were the pinnacle of college football in terms of offense, leading the nation in points per game (45.7) and yards per game (561.2). Additionally, Ohio State averaged 380.0 passing yards per game, ranking third in college football, and was also third in passing yards per game. The Buckeyes offense scored 40 or more points in nine of 13 games and scored 50 or more in six.

While producing all that offense, Ohio State defended the ball, turning the ball over just 11 times all season, which was ninth-fewest in the NCAA.

Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama has been considered the class of college football for quite some time and understandably so. Finishing the 2021 season as the runner-up, losing to Georgia in the National Championship game, Alabama looks to return to form in 2022.

Last season, the Tide was a balanced offense, ranking sixth in points per game (39.9), seventh in yards per game (488.2), seventh in passing yards per game (338.2) and had the second-most touchdowns good in college football. (48). They also scored 40 or more points in nine of their 15 games.

Most importantly, the Tide will return their Heisman-winning quarterback, AP Player of the Year Bryce Young.

Texas Longhorns

Is Texas finally back? After finishing the 2021 season unranked, coach Steve Sarkisian has brought some big fish to Austin, Texas.

Leading the way for Texas’ hopeful turnaround is their new Ohio State transfer quarterback, Quinn Ewers, who was the highest ranked quarterback out of high school coming out of Southlake, TX. Not to mention, Texas still has Bijan Robinson.

Texas hopes to rebound from an above average that averaged 35.3 points per game, which was 18th in college football, and the fourth-best shooting percentage in the red zone, shooting down 74.5% of the time. trips in the red zone. The Longhorns also scored the third-most points in a single game in 2021 after scoring 70 at Texas Tech.

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