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So, who really had the best offense in college football this season?

The term "college football" has a lot of meanings. Ostensibly, its most popular usage is as a blanket across the Football Bowl Subdivision. If, say, Baylor rolls up 618 yards per game, we're always quick to declare the Bears' offense the best in college football. While that may be true - after all, you try stopping Art Briles and company - it's not exactly a fair fight. Baylor has a lot more resources than Henderson State. 

To level the playing field, we took a look at 15 major statistical categories across every division of college football, FBS to NAIA, to declare a statistical champion.

Scoring Offense

Baylor  52.4 points per game 
Eastern Illinois  48.2
Henderson State (Ark.)  53.3
Linfield (Ore.)  48.8
Southern Oregon  47.2  

Touchdowns Per Game

Baylor  7 per game 
Eastern Illinois  6.79 
Henderson State (Ark.)  7.17 
Heidelberg (Ohio)  6.7 
Southern Oregon  6.36 

Total Offense
Baylor  618.2 yards per game
Eastern Illinois  589.5
Henderson State (Ark.)  576.4
Huntindgon (Ind.)  585.8
Southern Oregon  588.2

Yards Per Play
Florida State  7.67 
Eastern Washington  7.72 
West Alabama 7.65 
Heidelberg (Ohio) 7.52
Morningside (Iowa) 6.9 

Rushing Offense
Auburn  328.3 yards per game 
Georgia Southern*  360.4
Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)  370.9
Maine Maritime 372.6
Cumberlands (Ky.) 355.6
* Georgia Southern was a reclassifying program between FCS and FBS. Officially, Cal Poly led FCS with 309.1 rushing yards per game

Yards Per Carry

Ohio State  6.8 
Georgia Southern* 6.33 
Bloomsburg (Pa.) 6.65 
Western Connecticut State  6.77
Cumberlands (Ky.) 6.41 
* Officially, Portland State led FCS with 5.97 yards per carry.

Rushing Touchdowns Per Game

Navy  3.85 
Georgia Southern* 
Harding (Ark.) 4.72 
Maine Maritime  4.6 
Cumberlands (Ky.) 4.36 
* Officially, Towson led FCS with 3.44 per game. 

Passing Offense

Fresno State  394.9 yards per game 
Stephen F. Austin  389 
Henderson State (Ark.)  428.4 
LaGrange (Ga.)  357.6
Southern Oregon 406 

Passing Efficiency
Florida State  174.7 
Eastern Washington 182.55 
West Alabama 182.87 
Chapman (Calif.) 185.09
Morningside (Iowa)  180.7

Yards Per Attempt
Baylor  10.42 
Eastern Washington  10.19 
Henderson State (Ark.)  10.34
Huntingdon (Ind.) 10.17 
Morningside (Iowa) 9.66 

Passing Touchdowns Per Game
Fresno State  3.85 
Eastern Illinois  3.93 
Merrimack (Mass.)  4.36 
Franklin (Ind.) 3.67 
Southern Oregon  4.36 

First Downs Per Game
Baylor  28.6 
Eastern Illinois  28.2 
Southwest Minnesota State 27.1 
Wittenberg (Ohio) 26.4
Southern Oregon 31.2

Third Down Conversions
LSU  57.14 percent 
North Dakota State  55.38 
Chadron State (Neb.)  51.91  
Mount Union (Ohio)  55.79 
Cumberlands (Ky.) 53.17 

Red Zone Offense
Florida State  97.26 percent 
Mercer 91.84 
South Dakota School of Mines  97.67 
Chapman (Calif.) 95.65
N/A  

Sacks Allowed
Toledo 0.5 per game 
Central Connecticut State  0.42 
Harding (Ark.) 0.27 
Maryville (Tenn.) 0.27 
Kansas Wesleyan 0.81 

At 53.3 points and 7.17 touchdowns per game, Henderson State nudges out Baylor by a razor's edge in our view. Awfully impressive work by the Reddies. 

Author: Zach Barnett
Zach Barnett is a native of Denton, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas. He joined FootballScoop in 2012 after two years at the National Football Foundation. His hobbies include watching college football, reading about college football and writing about college football.