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USC can study which teams maxed out on offense in 2021

You might have looked this up as soon as Lincoln Riley was hired by Mike Bohn on Thanksgiving Sunday last November, but if you didn’t, we’re here to tell you: Oklahoma averaged almost 40 points per game last season. The Sooners were just under 39 points per game heading into the Alamo Bowl against Oregon. By scoring 47 against the Ducks, the Sooners then finished the season with 508 points in 13 games for an average of 39 points.

Scoring 507 points in 13 games creates an average of exactly 39 points. The Sooners were one point above that threshold, with Caleb Williams playing most — but not all — of the season at quarterback for OU.

As the focus for Riley shifts from Oklahoma to USC, the addition of Jordan Addison gives the Trojans a real chance to field a 500-point offense. That would put USC at just under 39 points per game over a 13-game season (12 regular games plus the Pac-12 Championship Game). USC would at least like to hit 500 points this year, ideally 520, which would give the Trojans a 40-points-per-game average.

You might be wondering, “How many teams reached 500 points in college football last year?” Funny that you would ask. We have the full list below:


Sep 21, 2019; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart is interviewed by CBS sports reporter Jamie Erdahl after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama: 598

Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood (70) celebrates with the CFP National Championship trophy after beating the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


SAN ANTONIO, TX – DECEMBER 29: Caleb Williams #13 of the Oklahoma Sooners gets the crowd up as he enters the stadium before the Valero Alamo Bowl against Oregon at the Alamodome on December 29, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)


Sep 4, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats coach Luke Fickell stands with his team prior to the game against the Miami (Oh) Redhawks at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports


Dec 4, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Houston Cougars head coach Dana Holgorsen during the second half against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the American Athletic Conference championship game at Nippert Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports


Sep 18, 2021; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons head coach Dave Clawson signals to a referee during the second quarter against the Florida State Seminoles at Truist Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports


Michigan State cornerback Ronald Williams, right, tackles Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison during the second half of the 31-21 win over Pittsburgh in the Peach Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.


Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud (7) throws a pass during the fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl against the Utah Utes in Pasadena, Calif. on Jan. 1, 2022.
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Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh on the sidelines during action against the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021 at Michigan Stadium.
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Tennessee Head Coach Josh Heupel during Tennessee football spring practice at Haslam Field in Knoxville, Tenn. on Tuesday, April 5, 2022.
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UTSA: 516

Dec 21, 2021; Frisco, TX, USA; UTSA Roadrunners running back BJ Daniels (33) runs the ball against San Diego State Aztecs cornerback Tayler Hawkins (9) in the fourth quarter during the 2021 Frisco Bowl at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

UTAH: 506

Oct 9, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Utah Utes quarterback Cameron Rising (7) scrambles out of the pocket for a first down as USC Trojans cornerback Chris Steele (8) gives chase at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


Dec 17, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Coastal Carolina Chanticleers quarterback Grayson McCall (10) attempts a pass against the Northern Illinois Huskies during the second half of the 2021 Cure Bowl at Exploria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

WESTERN KENTUCKY: 619 (the only 600-point team in 2021)

Feb 1, 2022; Mobile, AL, USA; American quarterback Bailey Zappe of Western Kentucky (17) sets the play during American practice for the 2022 Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports


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