Who has the best offense in college football right now?

It was a solid defensive effort that ultimately paid off Georgia to its first national title in more than 40 years last season — yet offense is the dominant theme in today’s era of college football.

The country is full of powerful offensive forges and they will soon be on full display when the season begins in the coming months.

But which offensive unit is poised to be the best next season?

It’s never too early to look.

USC Trojans

In 2021, USC went 4-8 but got a head coach in Lincoln Riley, who is widely regarded as one of the premier offensive minds in college football. Riley brought a host of offensive weapons to help him at Oklahoma, including standout 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 games per game. Oklahoma generally took care of the ball under Riley, committing just 12 sacks all season, which was 13th in college football. When the Sooners got into the end zone, they punted 75.8 percent 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 experience 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 ranks sixth in yards per game with 492.5, 11th in rushing yards per game (218.5) and 22nd in passing games per game. The arrival of former USC quarterback Jackson 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 moving at a fast pace, generating the second-most plays per game (78.2). More plays usually mean more turnovers, but Ole Miss kept its turnovers at bay, tying Oklahoma for 13th fewest in college football (12).

Ohio State Buckeyes

The Buckeyes failed to make 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 has scored 40 or more points in nine of 13 games and scored 50 or more in six.

While producing all that offense, Ohio State protected the ball by turning the ball over just 11 times all season, which was the 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 were 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 second most passing touchdowns in college football (48). They also scored 40 or more points in nine of their 15 games.

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

Texas Longhorns

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

Headlining Texas’ hopeful turnaround is their new transfer quarterback from Ohio State, Quinn Ewers, who was the top-ranked quarterback out of high school coming out of Southlake, Texas. Not to mention, Texas still has Bijan Robinson.

Texas looks to grow with an above-average 35.3 points per game average, which is 18th in college football, and the fourth-best red-zone touchdown percentage, scoring touchdowns on 74.5 percent of trips in 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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