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