A by-the-numbers look at offenses

We're a long way away from the first game of the season, which gives – ahem – bored folks some time for some numbers-crunching.

Here are some numbers:

• Eight schools can lay claim to having had the most balanced offenses since the turn of the century. Boise State, Houston, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Texas, USC and Western Michigan have had at least five 1,000-yard rushers, 3,000-yard passers and 1,000-yard receivers apiece, starting with the 2000 season. Oklahoma (Bob Stoops) and Texas (Mack Brown) are the only teams in that group to have had the same head coach the entire time.

• In terms of winning percentage from 2000 through last season, Boise State is No. 1, Oklahoma No. 2, Texas No. 3 and USC No. 7. The others: Oregon State is tied for 38th, Missouri is No. 41, Houston No. 57 and Western Michigan No. 64. At 49.3 percent, Western is the only one of the eight not above 50.

• The most balanced offense of them all? Using the Yahoo! Sports "Diversification Quotient," it's Oregon State and USC, with a quotient of 23 (1,000-yard rushers + 3,000-yard passers + 3,000-yard receivers = the quotient). Oregon State has had nine 1,000-yard rushers, six 3,000-yard passers and eight 1,000-yard receivers. USC has had six 1,000-yard rusher, seven 3,000-yard passers and 10 1,000-yard receivers.

• Hawaii actually has the highest "Quotient" at 26, but 25 of the Warriors' points are a result of their passing attack (nine 3,000-yard passers and 16 1,000-yard receivers). Texas Tech also is at 23, but all of the Red Raiders' points came from the pass (12 3,000-yard passers and 11 1,000-yard receivers).

• Texas Tech is one of just two FBS schools that hasn't had a 1,000-yard rusher this century. The other? It's Florida State. Texas Tech's most recent 1,000-yard rusher is Ricky Williams in 1998 (1,562); that's the same season that Texas' Ricky Williams ran for 2,124 yards and won the Heisman. Florida State's last 1,000-yard rusher came in 1996, when Warrick Dunn ran for 1,180 yards.

• Nevada has had the most 1,000-yard rushers, with 12. Texas Tech leads with 12 3,000-yard passers, and Hawaii leads with 16 1,000-yard receivers.

• Every league except the WAC has at least one team that hasn't met at least one of the statistical plateaus.

• Among the surprises, along with Florida State's lack of 1,000-yard rushers: Oregon hasn't had a 3,000-yard passer, Auburn hasn't had a 1,000-yard receiver, TCU hasn't had a 3,000-yard passer, Stanford hasn't had a 1,000-yard receiver and Penn State hasn't had a 1,000-yard receiver.

• A handful of teams finally reached some of the plateaus for the first time this century last season: Wisconsin with a 3,000-yard passer, North Carolina with a 1,000-yard rusher, West Virginia with a 3,000-yard passer, Northwestern with a 1,000-yard receiver and Arkansas with a 1,000-yard receiver.

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We looked at each school that was in the FBS last season and grouped them by the league they were in last season because they have not gone against the defenses in their new leagues. We included those schools that became FBS members this century; in those cases, we did not use a school's FCS statistics in compiling these lists. And remember that bowl stats did not count toward a player's official NCAA individual stats until the 2002 season.

'Diversification quotient'

(Denotes number of 1,000-yard rushers + 3,000-yard passers + 1,000-yard receivers, starting with 2000 season. *–denotes team scored in just two categories)
Hawaii: 26 (1 + 9 + 16)
Oregon State: 23 (9 + 6 + 8)
Texas Tech*: 23 (0 + 12 + 11)
USC: 23 (6 + 7 + 10)
Houston: 21 (5 + 7 + 9)
Boise State: 21 (8 + 8 + 5)
Oklahoma State: 21 (9 + 4 + 8)
Oklahoma: 20 (7 + 8 + 5)
Nevada: 19 (12 + 2 + 5)
Toledo: 19 (8 + 3 + 8)
Western Michigan: 19 (6 + 5 + 8)
Missouri: 18 (8 + 5 + 5)
Texas: 18 (8 + 5 + 5)
BYU: 16 (6 + 6 + 4)
Michigan: 16 (9 + 1 + 6)
Notre Dame: 16 (5 + 4 + 7)

Most 1,000-yard rushers

12: Nevada
11: Northern Illinois, Wisconsin
10: Arkansas, Minnesota, Oregon, West Virginia
9: Auburn, California, Fresno State, Kansas State, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Oregon State
8: Arkansas State, Boise State, Georgia Tech, Missouri, North Texas, Penn State, Syracuse, Texas, Toledo
7: Connecticut, Iowa, New Mexico, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia Tech
6: Alabama, Army, Boston College, BYU, Central Michigan, Clemson, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Northwestern, USC, Western Michigan

Most 3,000-yard passers

12: Texas Tech
9: Hawaii
8: Boise State, Oklahoma
7: Houston, USC
6: BYU, Miami (Ohio), North Carolina State, Oregon State

Most 1,000-yard receivers

16: Hawaii
11: Texas Tech
10: USC
9: Houston
8: Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Toledo, Western Michigan
7: Notre Dame, Tulsa
6: Arizona State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Michigan, Rutgers, SMU, Washington State

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No 1,000-yard rushers (2)

ACC (1): Florida State
Big East (0): None
Big Ten (0): None
Big 12 (1): Texas Tech
Conference USA (0): None
Independents (0): None
Mid-American (0): None
Mountain West (0): None
Pac-12 (0): None
SEC (0): None
Sun Belt (0): None
WAC (0): None

No 3,000-yard passers

ACC (2): Maryland, Virginia
Big East (2): Syracuse, USF
Big Ten (2): Minnesota, Ohio State
Big 12 (0): None
Conference USA (0): None
Independents (2): Army, Navy
MAC (3): Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Temple
Mountain West (3): Air Force, TCU, UNLV
Pac-12 (2): Oregon, Utah
SEC (3): Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State
Sun Belt (6): FIU, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Western Kentucky
WAC (0): None

No 1,000-yard receivers (17)

ACC (2): Boston College, Virginia Tech
Big East (3): Connecticut, Syracuse, USF
Big Ten (2): Nebraska, Penn State
Big 12 (0): None
Conference USA (1): Memphis
Independents (2): Army, Navy
MAC (2): Kent State, Temple
Mountain West (1): Air Force
Pac-10 (1): Stanford
SEC (2): Auburn, Mississippi State
Sun Belt (1): Western Kentucky
WAC (0): None

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