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The Scoop on Stats: Best of the Best (Offense)

College football pundits also refer to a team's running game, pass rush, etc., as the best in college football, but how often is that true? In Part 1 of our three-part series, we decided to compare stats across all divisions of the NCAA and see who stands the tallest. 

Here's a look at the statistical champions across key offensive statistics (through Saturday). Tomorrow we'll examine defensive statistics, and Tuesday we'll take a look at special teams and penalties. 

Rushing Offense - Georgia Southern (FCS): 399.36 yards per game. In 14 games, the Eagles ran the ball a mind-numbing 850 times for 5,591 yards (6.58 ypc) and 55 touchdowns.

Passing Offense - Harding Simmons (D-III - TX): 432.3 yards per game. Anyone who follows college football won't be surprised to see the NCAA's most prolific passing offense come from the state of Texas. Hardin-Simmons' Lone Star State brethren also occupied two of the top three spots in FBS and the runner-up position in FCS. The Cowboys were the only NCAA team to top 400 yards per game.

Passing Efficiency - Mount Union (D-III - OH): 188.34. This statistic was dominated by teams with strong running games and Mount Union was no different. The Purple Raiders completed nearly 72% of their passes for 10.33 yards per attempt with 43 TDs and 8 INTs. 

Total Offense - Sul Ross State (D-III - TX): 581.9 yards per game. Sul Ross State narrowly edged out another Texas team, Baylor. In 10 games, the Lobos throws 3,330 yards and rushed for another 2,489 yards.

Scoring Offense - Mount Union: 52.8 points per game. The Purple Raiders totaled 792 points and 109 touchdowns in their  15-0 march to the national championship.

Other offensive statistics...
Turnovers Lost - Wagner (FCS): 8
Tackles For Loss Allowed - Bloomsburg (D-II - PA): 2.5 per game
Sacks Allowed - The Citadel (FCS): 2
First Downs Offense - Louisiana Tech (FBS): 31.5 per game
Third Down Conversion Percentage - Cal Poly (FCS): 55.78% (111-for-199)
Fourth Down Conversion Percentage - Clemson (FBS): 86.67% (13-for-15)
Red Zone Offense (minimum 25 attempts) - Louisville (FBS): 96%. (34 TDs, 14 FGs in 50 attempts)
Time of Possession - Randolph-Macon (D-III - VA): 35:53

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.