Ranking The 10 Best SEC Offenses Of The Last Decade

SEC football has seen an offensive explosion in the last ten years with coaches like Urban Meyer and Gus Malzahn ushering the rough and tumble conference into the age of the spread offense. For years, the league was known for its running game and tough defense. But now, teams are regularly averaging almost 500 yards a game and producing some of the most dynamic offensive weapons in the county.

In order to see how best SEC offenses of the last decade stack up, we’ve ranked them by yards per game, the same metric used by the NFL to determine the No. 1 offense during a particular season. The results were interesting, with all ten of the most prolific offenses coming in the last five years.

Auburn’s relatively recent switch to the no-huddle attack really seems to be working as they account for three of the seasons on this list.

Johnny Football definitely left his mark on the league with the top two offenses both belonging to the Aggies during his tenure, the only two seasons he was the starter.

Even traditionally conservative offenses like Alabama and Georgia have flirted with 500 yards a game during the past few seasons.

To put into perspective just how much offense in the SEC has spiked over the last few seasons, during the three years Tim Tebow started at quarterback for the Gators, they averaged around 450 yards a game. That’s a full 100 yards less per game than Manziel’s 2012 season and about 30 yards less per game than the tenth ranked offense on this list, the 2010 season for Arkansas.

Below is the complete top ten, listed with their total yards per game, passing yards per game, rushing yards per game, and their leading passer, rusher, and receiver.

Best SEC Offenses Of The Last Decade

1. Texas A&M 2012: Total Yards – 559 yards/game

  • Passing Yards – 316.5 yards/game
  • Rushing Yards – 242.1 yards/game
  • Leading Passer – Johnny Manziel
  • Leading Rusher – Johnny Manziel (Ben Malena is 2nd)
  • Leading Receiver – Mike Evans

2. Texas A&M 2013: Total Yards – 538 yards/game

  • Passing Yards – 353.3 yards/game
  • Rushing Yards – 185.1 yards/game
  • Leading Passer – Johnny Manziel
  • Leading Rusher – Johnny Manziel (Ben Malena is 2nd)
  • Leading Receiver – Mike Evans

3. Mississippi State 2014: Total Yards – 514 yards/game

  • Passing Yards – 280.7 yards/game
  • Rushing Yards – 233.1 yards/game
  • Leading Passer – Dak Prescott
  • Leading Rusher – Josh Robinson
  • Leading Receiver – De’Runya Wilson

4. Auburn 2013: Total Yards – 501 yards/game

  • Passing Yards – 173.0 yards/game
  • Rushing Yards – 328.3 yards/game
  • Leading Passer – Nick Marshall
  • Leading Rusher – Tre Mason
  • Leading Receiver – Sammie Coates

5. Auburn 2010: Total Yards – 499 yards/game

  • Passing Yards – 214.4 yards/game
  • Rushing Yards – 284.8 yards/game
  • Leading Passer – Cam Newton
  • Leading Rusher – Cam Newton (Michael Dyer is 2nd)
  • Leading Receiver – Darvin Adams

6. Missouri 2013: Total Yards – 491 yards/game

  • Passing Yards – 252.9 yards/game
  • Rushing Yards – 237.9 yards/game
  • Leading Passer – James Franklin
  • Leading Rusher – Henry Josey
  • Leading Receiver – L’Damian Washington (Dorial Green-Beckham is a close 2nd)

7. Auburn 2014: Total Yards – 485 yards/game

  • Passing Yards – 229.5 yards/game
  • Rushing Yards – 255.5 yards/game
  • Leading Passer – Nick Marshall
  • Leading Rusher – Camerion Artis-Payne
  • Leading Receiver – Sammie Coates

8. Alabama 2014: Total Yards – 485 yards/game

  • Passing Yards – 277.9 yards/game
  • Rushing Yards – 206.6 yards/game
  • Leading Passer – Blake Sims
  • Leading Rusher – Derrick Henry
  • Leading Receiver –Amaria Cooper

9. Georgia 2013: Total Yards – 484 yards/game

  • Passing Yards – 314.2 yards/game
  • Rushing Yards – 169.9 yards/game
  • Leading Passer – Aaron Murray
  • Leading Rusher – Todd Gurley
  • Leading Receiver – Chris Conley

10. Arkansas 2010: Total Yards – 483 yards/game

  • Passing Yards – 333.7 yards/game
  • Rushing Yards – 148.8 yards/game
  • Leading Passer – Ryan Mallett
  • Leading Rusher – Knile Davis
  • Leading Receiver –Joe Adams

Stats were obtained using ESPN records.

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