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Washintgon State Cougars Offense = Opportunities

Washintgon State Cougars Offense = Opportunities
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Washintgon State Cougars Offense = Opportunities

I’ve been a fan of the collegiate football game for about 10 years now (when I moved to the USA). Two years ago, a college football team caught my eye unlike any other. That team is the Washington State Cougars. Despite not being a very good team (12-25 record since 2012), the Cougars offense creates the most opportunities for quarterbacks and receivers of any offense in college football. Below you’ll find charts with the top five teams in passing attempts over the last three years (starting with 2012, when Mike Leach was hired at Washington State)”

2012:

Rank

Team

Passing Attempts

1 Washington State 624
2 Marshall 607
3 Texas Tech 594
4 Houston 591
5 Akron 583

 

2013:

Rank

Team

Passing Attempts

1 Washington State 756
2 Texas Tech 714
3 Fresno State 675
4 Oregon State 625
5 California 622

 

2014:

Rank

Team

Passing Attempts

1 Washington State 771
2 East Carolina 637
3 Arizona 564
4 Texas Tech 559
5 Western Kentucky 557

 

Mike Leach might not know a whole lot about defense but his Air Raid offensive style has led to the most passing attempts in College Football since he was hired at Washington State. In 2014, Washington State accumulated 771 passing attempts and East Carolina was second on that list with 637 passing attempts. Here’s how big of a disparity there was between Washington State and the other top ranked offenses in passing attempts in 2014 sorted by percentage:

Team

Percentage Higher

East Carolina 21 percent
Arizona 36 percent
Texas Tech 38 percent
Western Kentucky 38 percent

 

Despite these offenses being ranked in the top five in passing attempts, Washington State was way ahead of them (at least 36 percent higher passing attempts than Arizona, Texas Tech and Western Kentucky). Just because Washington State creates more passing opportunities than any other team doesn’t mean that they’re the most efficient (they’re not). However, in College Football DFS, we’re not overly worried about the efficiency of teams but rather how many opportunities we can count on for the players we’re investing in. Last season, Washington State had seven players with more than 55 targets (three of them had at least 95 targets) and four of them had at least 60 completions (Vince Mayle and Isiah Myers, who won’t be coming back since they’ve graduated, we’re ranked in the top 20 in receptions). Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday accumulated 526 passing attempts last season and he only played nine games before suffering a season ending injury. In a full season’s worth of games (2013), Halliday accrued 714 passing attempts.

Here’s our projected depth chart (for QB and receivers) for the Cougars this season:

Position

Player

QB Luke Falk
WR1 Gabe Marks
WR2 River Cracraft
WR3 Dom Williams

 

Notes: Gabe Marks was red-shirted last season due to injury. In 2013, Marks had a 74-807-7 line and with seniors Vince Mayle and Isiah Myers gone, I expect him to lead the team in targets, receptions and receiving yards. River Cracraft (66-771-8) and Dom Williams (43-656-9) were very productive last season and will be returning to the team this season. This receiving corps projects to be very strong both in their conference and nationally. Phil Steele projects their offensive line to be “the strongest that Mike Leach has fielded in four years.” This bodes very well for the Cougar’s offense.

In any DFS sport, it’s crucial to know how many opportunities we can expect out of our players. This is especially the case in the collegiate game, with so many options available to us every week. Washington State is not the best team in college football and they won’t compete for a national title any day soon. However, as long as Mike Leach is their head coach, we can count on Washington State’s offense to create the most passing opportunities for their players.  When you set your College Football DFS teams, remember this: you know how many opportunities you’re getting when you roster Washington State quarterbacks and receivers. There’s a lot of value in knowing this.

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