April 29, 2010

Beavers had decade's most diversified 'O'

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The most diversified offense in college football in the past decade belonged to - drum roll, please - Oregon State.

The Beavers had eight 1,000-yard rushers, six 3,000-yard passers and seven 1,000-yard receivers. That gives them a Rivals.com-based "diversification quotient" of 21. How did we come up with the 21? Easy - we simply added the number of 1,000-yard rushers, 3,000-yard passers and 1,000-yard receivers.

Hawaii actually had a higher quotient (22), but the Warriors had no 1,000-yard rushers; instead, all their points came because of 13 1,000-yard receivers and nine 3,000-yard passers. Texas Tech had the third-highest quotient at 20, but, again, the Red Raiders scored in just two categories. As with Hawaii, Tech had no 1,000-yard rushers. Instead, it was all via the air (10 3,000-yard passers and 10 1,000-yard receivers).

The other schools in the top five were Texas (18) and Oklahoma (17), which each scored in all the categories.

We've compiled a list at how each of the 120 FBS schools fared reaching those statistical milestones in the past decade. Plus, we've come up with the charts below spotlighting the good and the bad in terms of reaching those milestones.

10: Minnesota, West Virginia
9: Nevada, Northern Illinois, Oregon
8: Arkansas, Arkansas State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Texas, Wisconsin
7: California, Fresno State, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma State
6: Auburn, Boise State, Central Michigan, Clemson, Iowa, Louisiana Tech, Michigan, Navy, North Texas, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia Tech
10: Texas Tech
9: Hawaii
6: Boise State, BYU, Marshall, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Purdue
13: Hawaii
10: Texas Tech
8: Michigan, USC
7: Oregon State, Tulsa
6: Houston, Toledo, UCF
ACC (2): Florida State, North Carolina
Big 12 (1): Texas Tech
SEC (1): Vanderbilt
WAC (1): Hawaii
ACC (4): Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech
Big 12 (1): Baylor
Big East (2): Syracuse, West Virginia
Big Ten (4): Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin
Conference USA (2): East Carolina, SMU
Independents (2): Army, Navy
Mid-American (5): Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Temple
Mountain West (5): Air Force, Colorado State, TCU, UNLV, Utah
Pac-10 (2): Oregon, Stanford
SEC (4): Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, South Carolina
Sun Belt (6): Arkansas State, Fla. International, La.-Monroe, La.-Lafayette, Middle Tennessee, North Texas
ACC (3): Boston College, Maryland, Virginia Tech
Big 12 (2): Nebraska, Texas A&M
Big East (3): Connecticut, Syracuse, West Virginia
Big Ten (2): Northwestern, Penn State
Conference USA (1): Memphis
Independents (2): Army, Navy
Mid-American (3): Kent State, Ohio, Temple
Mountain West (1): Air Force
Pac-10 (1): Stanford
SEC (2): Auburn, Mississippi State
WAC (1): Louisiana Tech
Hawaii* 22
Oregon State 21
Texas Tech* 20
Texas 18
Oklahoma 17
USC 17
Boise State 16
BYU 15
Michigan 15
Missouri 15
Toledo 15
Nevada 14
Oklahoma State 14
Houston 13
Tulsa 13
Central Michigan 12
Georgia Tech 12
Kansas State 12
Minnesota* 12
Northern Illinois* 12
Notre Dame 12
Purdue 12
Western Michigan 12
NOTE: * denotes school scored in only two categories (Hawaii and Texas Tech were passers and receivers; Minnesota and Northern Illinois were rushers and receivers).

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