Which offensive juggernauts from last season will continue to light up the scoreboard and which will hit the brakes? Let's review and see which teams to include in our college football odds totals in 2015.
1. Baylor (#1 - 48.2 PPG)
The Bears biggest loss is quarterback Bryce Petty who departed for the Big Apple when the NY Jets plucked him in the 4th round of the NFL draft. As any good Baylor fan knows Petty had deep ball accuracy and that alone leads to big plays and plenty of touchdowns. He will definitely be missed as will receivers Levi Norwood and Antwan Goodely who both signed at the next level. However, Waco has an uncanny knack for breeding big-time passers and junior Seth Russell looks poised to replace Petty under center. In limited action last season Russell had just one start against Northwestern State and torched the Demons for five touchdowns and 438 yards - in the first half!
Baylor will be clicking on all cylinders again this season after leading the nation in scoring in 2014 averaging 48.2 PPG. Their offensive line is anchored by potential All-American Spencer Drago at left tackle and will be comprised of a group that has played together before, developed a chemistry with each other and a familiarity with the system. The skill positions are loaded with Corey Coleman and KD Cannon on the wings while multi-purpose back Shock Linwood will deliver in the backfield. This team is ready to rumble so be sure to exploit any weak college football odds totals and put them in your College Football picks this coming season.
2. TCU (#2 - 46.5 PPG)
Based solely on the presence of Heisman candidate and TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin you have to love the high-octane, take-no-prisoners offense of the Horned Frogs. Boykin could very well be the first TCU product since 1938 to claim the Heisman and he will have plenty of help with John Doctson flanked to his left and Aaron Green in the backfield to keep opposition defenses honest. This team will put plenty of crooked numbers on the scoreboard this season.
3. Oregon (#4 - 45.4 PPG)
When Chip Kelly departed for the NFL Mark Helfrich assumed the head coach's spot and the wildly successful hurry-up Ducks' offense didn't miss a beat. The system was in place for a frenetic offensive pace, wearing down opposing defenses and scoring in bunches. Now that quarterback Marcus Mariota has gone on to bigger and better things as a member of the Tennessee Titans the question is who will replace him and can he be replaced? The answer is yes and his name is Vernon Adams, an Eastern Washington transfer who threw for 110 touchdowns and 10,438 yards in his college career so far. He will be joined by tailback supreme Royce Freeman. The Ducks also see top receiver Byron Marshall returning and the offense as a whole is experienced and loaded.
4. Michigan State (#7 - 43.0 PPG)
The offensive line is big, physical and intact after All-American Jake Conklin eschewed the bright lights of the NFL and returned to anchor a fearsome group that will continually dominate the line of scrimmage. That is nothing but good news for top QB Connor Cook who engineered one of the best offenses in Spartan history last season. He is poised to do it all over again so look out!
5. Ohio State (#5 - 44.8 PPG)
An embarrassment of riches for the defending National Champions will ensure that the Buckeyes score, score and score some more. Four starters on the offensive line will be returning to blow holes for the running attack and act as a steel curtain for the passing attack. The only question mark is how well will Johnnie Dixon replace Devin Smith as a deep threat? We're not concerned as OSU boasts so much talent it will score more points than most even on a bad day.