STILLWATER — In 1904, All-American Sig Harris quarterbacked a Minnesota offensive salvo that averaged almost 56 points a game.
Behind Harris, the Golden Gophers scored 725 points on the way to a 13-0 finish. In the last 104 years of college football, no school since has recorded more than 700 points in a season.
But that could change this year.
Oklahoma, which averages almost 53 points a game, enters a showdown with Oklahoma State tonight having already totaled 579 points.
With potentially three games left, OU would need to average just over 40 points per outing to join the 1886 Harvard Crimson and 1904 Gophers as the only teams ever to break the 700-point barrier.
All of which begs the following question.
With a Heisman-caliber quarterback, the best running back tandem in America, four playmakers at wide receiver, the nation’s top tight end duo and an offensive line loaded with pro potential, do the 2008 Sooners possess one of college football’s all-time best offenses?
"The point production, it’s been incredible,” coach Bob Stoops said. "I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s been fun. Hopefully it will continue.”
Comparing college football offenses spanning three centuries is an impossible task.
Different rules. Different styles. Different eras. We have enough trouble now comparing teams from the same conference in the same season.
But consider this: In college football’s postwar era, only 1995 Nebraska averaged more points (53.2) than this year’s Sooners.
"They’re really good.