College Football Preview – Big 12 Offenses

Jun 1, 2008

David Funk, a good friend and writer of the Fantasy Sports Network blog, put together a ranking of the Big 12 college football offenses.  He was kind enough allow me to post his breakdown on my site to pass the great information on to you.  This is very useful info as you gear up for the college football season, especially if you play the Sporting News College Football Salary Cap game.

Today, we start with previewing the Big 12 offenses for fantasy college football.

Big 12 Team Offensive Rankings:
1. Oklahoma(Starters returning: 8
The entires offensive line returns and so does their quarterback. Sophmore Sam Bradford returns at quarterback, and he won’t be short on weapons around him. Running back DeMarco Murray provides a breakaway threat while Chris Brown is more of a power runner. Wide receiver Malcolm Kelly is gone, but Juaquin Iglesias, Manuel Johnson, and tight end Jermaine Gresham are back.

2. Missouri(Starters returning: 6
Quarterback Chase Daniel returns and has a great receiving corps to throw to led by speedster Jeremy Maclin. Tight end Chase Coffman is back as is receiver Tommy Saunders. The Mizzou Tigers return three starters on the offensive line. Running back Tony Temple is gone, but Jimmy Jackson and Derrick Washington should step in to cover his loss.

3. Texas Tech(Starters returning: 10
The Red Raiders have quarterback Graham Harrell returning and arguably the best receiver in the country in Michael Crabtree, too. The offensive line returns all starters and Edward Britton, Eric Morris, and Detron Lewis round out an excellent receiving unit. Shannon Woods and Aaron Crawford will share the running back duties.

4. Texas(Starters returning: 7
Quarterback Colt McCoy is back, but the offense will miss the departed Jamaal Charles at running back. Receiver Limas Sweed is also gone, but Quan Cosby and Jordan Shipley are looking to cover the loss. The offensive line returns four starters, but this wasn’t a strength last year as McCoy took too many hits and the holes in the running game weren’t consistent either.

5. Kansas(Starters returning: 6
The Jayhawks were the surprise team in the country last year, and they should be strong on offense again. Quarterback Todd Reesing is back, but gone is running back Brandon McAnderson. They do have capable replacements in Jake Sharp, but watch for last season’s National Junior College Offensive POY Jocques Crawford to get some touches. Three starters on the offensive line return.

6. Nebraska(Starters returning: 6
Offense is the strength of the Cornhuskers once again coming off a season in which they ranked 9th in total yards per game last year. Quarterback Joe Ganz played well at season’s end last year, and he’ll have receivers Nate Swift and Todd Peterson to throw to. Running back Marlon Lucky returns and he’s the team’s most versatile player. The offensive line returns four starters.

7. Oklahoma State(Starters returning: 7
Zac Robinson returns at quarterback, and he has talented receivers to throw to led by sophmore Dez Bryant. Running back Kendall Hunter rushed for close to 700 yards as a true freshman and he will have help from Beau Johnson, too. Brandon Pettigrew returns at tight end and he has a real good chance to be an All-American. The offensive line returns four starters.

8. Texas A&M(Starters returning: 5
The offensive line will be only returning two starters to protect quarterback Stephen McGee. Massive fullback Jorvorskie Lane returns, and speedster Mike Goodson gives them a change of pace running back. Pierre Brown is the only returning starter at receiver, but consistency from the unit is an issue. New coach Mike Sherman is innovative enough to get the most out of his offense.

9. Kansas State(Starters returning: 7
The Wildcats have quarterback Josh Freeman returning, but there is cause for concern in the running game. Leon Patton is experienced, but he was disappointing last year at running back. The offensive line returns three starters and should be a better. Deon Murphy is the top receiver returning, but he missed spring practices because of academic issues.

10. Colorado(Starters returning: 6
Cody Hawkins is back at quarterback, and he has three starters returning on the offensive line. Josh Smith and Patrick Williams form a nice duo at wide receiver, but they could see highly recruited freshman Darrell Scott stepping in to start at running back soon. Demetrius Sumler should be the starter by the time the season gets underway, but watch for Scott to get plenty of touches.

11. Baylor(Starters returning: 7
The offensive line returns four starters, but the Bears are unsettled at the quarterback and running back positions. Robert Griffin or Kirby Freeman will win the QB job, and they do show promise. Jay Finley and Ray Sims will share time at running back, but improvement is needed from a team that ranked 113th in the nation in rushing last year. David Gettis is the only starter at receiver returning.

12. Iowa State(Starters returning: 6
The Cyclones should be solid in the running game with new starter Alexander Robinson, but the team is unsettled at quarterback. The offensive line returns four starters and getting top receivers Marquis Hamilton and R.J. Sumrall the ball will be a challenge all year. The starting quarterback job will likely go to either Austen Arnaud or Phillip Bates.

Stud offenses: Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas Tech
Rising offense: Texas A&M
Falling offense: Kansas State

Overall analysis: This conference is not short on experienced or talented quarterbacks. Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas Tech will have no trouble scoring this year with their talent and depth. Texas and Kansas will be be good, but they can be great again if the running game is better than expected. The other teams have a fighting chance to be good on offense because of the quarterbacks returning except for Baylor and Iowa State. Just be sure to watch the schedules for those other teams when deciding to play them or not this year.”

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