2006 Unit Rankings – Offenses

Posted Aug 27, 2006

Preview 2006 Unit Rankings Offenses  

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers | Offensive Lines
Defenses | Def. Lines | Linebackers | Secondaries | Spec. Teams

1. Ohio State
Good-bye Tressel ball, and hello Tressel ball with a kick. QB Troy Smith should make the spread offense sing making big play after big play with his legs as well as his arm. The receivers are big, fast, and talented with Ted Ginn Jr. appearing to be ready to blossom into a superstar wideout. The backfield is full of talent with star freshman Chris Wells ready to push possible All-Big Ten runner Antonio Pittman. The line might be the best in the Jim Tressel's six years in Columbus with a world of talent, especially at tackle.

2. USC

This isn't going to be anywhere near the 580-yard, 49 point-per-game juggernaut of last year losing Matt Leinart, LenDale White, Winston Justice, Dominique Byrd, Taitusi Lutui, and Reggie Bush, but there's hope for the explosion to continue, albeit to a lesser degree, thanks to the nation's best receiving corps, a good foundation on the offensive line with tackle Sam Baker and center Ryan Kalil, and more high school All-America prospects than one team should have. However, there's an outside chance the wheels could come flying off. Quarterback John David Booty is hardly a sure-thing to last the season with his gimpy back, but Mark Sanchez is back on the team after sexual assault charges against him were dropped. The running back situation is full of question marks with injuries, youth, and ineligibility playing havoc with the corps. Even so, this will be one of the nation's five best attacks if everyone stays healthy

3. Notre Dame
The offense exploded last season finishing tenth in the nation in total offense, eighth in scoring offense, and fourth in passing offense. The potential is there for even more production with QB Brady Quinn, RB Darius Walker, and receivers Jeff Samardzija and Rhema McKnight returning with a year of experience under Charlie Weis. There are concerns; the machine could quickly fall apart if injuries strike. There's no number two quarterback to rely on, the backup running backs are average, there's no proven number three receiver, and there's no depth on the line with right tackle situation still needing to be settled. The incoming freshmen are tremendous and the 2007 class shapes up to be even better, but it'll take a while for everyone to develop.

4. Arizona State
It'll be a major disappointment if this isn't one of the nation's five most productive attacks with the addition of coordinator Roy Wittke to work with the quarterbacks. The passing game will be deadly with Sam Keller and Rudy Carpenter each able put up All-America numbers with a speedy receiving corps to work with an a huge, experienced line to play behind. The running game won't be neglected with Keegan Herring and Shaun DeWitty sure to combine for around 1,500 yards. Zach Miller is one of the nation's best tight ends leading a sleek, fast group of receivers who'll all get plenty of work.

5. LSU
There's speed to burn in the receiving corps, live arms abound among the quarterbacks, and NFL talent in the backfield and on the line. Now it has to come together after an inconsistent and slightly disappointing season. JaMarcus Russell is the number one quarterback, but Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux are each in the hunt for meaningful playing time. Dwayne Bowe, Craig Davis and Early Doucet will catch plenty of deep balls if the running game improves enough to open things up. That could be an issue with Alley Broussard and Justin Vincent each coming off torn ACLs. The offensive line will be significantly worse than last year, but it still should be among the best in the SEC if the three new starters can be consistent.

6. Texas
The line loses All-Americans Jonathan Scott and Will Allen, but has more than enough returning talent to be among the best front walls in America thanks to the return of tackle Justin Blalock, center Lyle Sendlein and guard Kasey Studdard. This is Texas we're talking about, so there are more than enough talented players ready to fill in the holes and provide strong depth. Can this group allow a mere 14 sacks and pave the way for 275 rushing yards per game? No, but it's not going to drop off too much, if at all.

7. Louisville
Rev up the engine again as the nation's No. 9 offense and No. 3 scoring attack should be just as good again as long as star quarterback Brian Brohm is fully healthy after tearing his ACL late last year. Considering his mobility could be a problem early on, it's not a positive that the Cards have to break in two new tackles. Even so, the line should be fine with several good options and two great returning starters to work around in guard Kurt Quarterman and center Eric Wood. The backfield is one of the best in the nation going three deep with pounder Michael Bush coming back for his senior year and speedsters Kolby Smith and George Stripling as good as any backups in the country. Mario Urrutia leads a big, fast, and very talented receiving corps.

8. West Virginia
Outside of an injury to quarterback Pat White, there's no reason the offense should produce any fewer than the 389 yards and 32 points per game it came up with last season. The attack got better as the year went on, and now it should hum on all cylinders with White a better passer and an experienced receiving corps to work with, one of the nation's best groups of running backs, and a line that'll be more than fine even with the loss of both starting tackles. Getting more out of the passing game will be the top priority after finishing 117th in the nation last year. This offense isn't going to turn it over and should be ultra-efficient.

9. Auburn
The offense averaged 32.3 points per game last year, but it wasn't consistent and ended on a sour note with a surprising stinker against Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl. Despite the loss of top tackles Marcus McNeill and Troy Reddick along with the top three receivers and starting tight end Cooper Wallace, expect things to be even better. QB Brandon Cox knows what he's doing, Kenny Irons leads a deep and talented backfield, and there's more than enough explosion to go around among the receivers. The problem is inexperience in the receiving corps and depth on the offensive line, but neither should be a issue unless there's a big injury problem early on.

10. Florida State
There's way too much speed and way too much returning talent to not be more consistent. It all stems from the offensive line, which was never healthy last year but has just about all the key parts returning. The receiving corps should be fantastic if Greg Carr and De'Cody Fagg end up being consistent home-run hitters while Chris Davis makes plays like a number one target. Lorenzo Booker and Antone Smith might be the fastest backs in the country, but they need holes to run through. QB Drew Weatherford had a tremendous freshman year and should be even better now that he knows what he's doing.

11 Clemson ACC
12 Iowa   Big Ten
13 California Pac 10
14 Tennessee SEC
15 Texas Tech Big 12 
16 Michigan Big Ten
17 Florida   SEC
18 Oklahoma Big 12 
19 Michigan State Big Ten
20 Oregon Pac 10
21 Georgia SEC
22 Alabama SEC
23 Iowa State Big 12 
24 Oregon State  Pac 10
25 Arkansas   SEC
26 Miami   ACC
27 Virginia Tech ACC
28 Maryland ACC
29 Georgia Tech ACC
30 Washington State Pac 10
31 Boise State WAC
32 Missouri Big 12 
33 Texas A&M Big 12 
34 Penn State Big Ten
35 Purdue Big Ten
36 Northwestern Big Ten
37 Nebraska Big 12 
38 BYU M-West
39 Hawaii WAC
40 Colorado   Big 12 
41 Wisconsin Big Ten
42 Minnesota Big Ten
43 TCU M-West
44 Utah   M-West
45 UCLA Pac 10
46 Boston College  ACC
47 Northern Illinois MAC
48 South Carolina SEC
49 Fresno State WAC
50 Rutgers Big East
51 Indiana Big Ten
52 Arizona   Pac 10
53 Virginia ACC
54 Oklahoma State Big 12 
55 Illinois Big Ten
56 Nevada WAC
57 Kansas Big 12 
58 Kansas State Big 12 
59 Pitt Big East
60 Toledo MAC
61 Kentucky SEC
62 NC State ACC
63 Wake Forest ACC
65 East Carolina CUSA
66 Southern Miss  CUSA
67 San Diego State M-West
68 Stanford Pac 10
69 Washington Pac 10
70 North Carolina ACC
71 Connecticut Big East
72 South Florida Big East
74 Tulsa CUSA
75 Houston CUSA
76 Marshall CUSA
77 Memphis CUSA
78 New Mexico M-West
79 Baylor Big 12 
80 Navy Ind
81 Wyoming  M-West
82 Vanderbilt SEC
83 Colorado State M-West
84 Syracuse Big East
86 Mississippi   SEC
87 Cincinnati Big East
88 Tulane CUSA
89 Miami Univ. MAC
90 Central Michigan  MAC
91 Akron MAC
92 Louisiana Tech WAC
94 UNLV M-West
95 Air Force M-West
96 Duke ACC
97 Bowling Green MAC
98 Mississippi State SEC
99 UL Lafayette Sun Belt
100 Western Michigan MAC
101 Ball State MAC
102 Eastern Michigan MAC
103 Ohio MAC
104 Kent State MAC
105 North Texas Sun Belt
106 MTSU Sun Belt
107 San Jose State WAC
108 Idaho WAC
109 Rice CUSA
110 Utah State WAC
111 Army Ind
112 Troy Sun Belt
113 UL Monroe Sun Belt
114 FIU Sun Belt
115 Arkansas State Sun Belt
116 New Mexico State WAC
117 Temple Ind
118 Florida Atlantic Sun Belt
119 Buffalo MAC