OU football: The best offense ever? It’s definitely possible

BY JAKE TROTTER Published: November 29, 2008
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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.


College football teams that have scored 600 points in a season:

Total PPG Team Year
765 54.6 Harvard 1886
725 55.8 Minnesota 1904
698 53.4 Yale 1888
687 68.7 Yale 1886
661 41.3 Yale 1889
660 60.0 Harvard 1887
656 46.9 Hawaii 2006
656 43.7 Minnesota 1903
654 50.3 Nebraska 1983
652 50.2 Texas 2005
644 58.5 Michigan 1902
638 53.2 Nebraska 1995
638 49.1 USC 2005
626 48.2 Harvard 1888
621 56.5 Tulsa 1920
611 47.0 Florida 1996
610 46.9 Kansas State 1998
608 46.8 BYU 2001
607 46.7 Nebraska 1997
607 50.6 Princeton 1888
606 46.6 BYU 1980
602 43.0 Boise State 2003
602 43.0 Miami (Ohio) 2003
601 42.9 Oklahoma 2003
Compiled by Jake Trotter

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