Chart: The most improved scoring offenses in 2016

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday January 16, 2017

Some takeaways

- Six of the 11 most improved scoring offenses had a new play-caller this year: Missouri (Josh Heupel), UCF (Scott Frost), Penn State (Joe Moorhead), Pitt (Matt Canada), Hawaii (Nick Rolovich) and North Texas (Graham Harrell).

- Part of the reason Mizzou saw such an increase in scoring was because they ran 15 more offensive snaps per game, and last year's team only scored 13.6 points per game. As a result, the scoring defense nearly also doubled its points allowed per game and the Tigers went 4-8. Still, Mizzou’s yards per play increased by nearly 2 yards per carry.

- Matt Canada will move from a record-setting year at Pitt to take over an LSU offense that averaged 28.3 points per game, down 4.5 points from 2015. Canada's Pitt offense broke the school record for points in a season. He took over the No. 68 scoring offense and took them to No. 10 in one season.

- The five lowest-scoring teams in 2015 were Kent State, Missouri, UCF, Vanderbilt and North Texas. All are among the biggest improvements in 2016.

- Among the largest improvements, head coaches who call plays include Scott Frost (UCF), Bobby Petrino (Louisville) and Willie Taggart (USF).

- After a big improvement at USF, Taggart will take over an Oregon team that scored more than 7 fewer points per game than a year ago, just missing the cut among the largest decreases

- Among the largest decreases, 7 teams will have a new offensive play-caller in 2017: Cincinnati, Baylor, Rutgers, TCU, Indiana, Georgia Southern and Ole Miss.

- 16 of the 18 most improved scoring offenses will have the same play-caller next year (Pitt, USF)

- 13 of the 14 most improved scoring offenses made a bowl in 2016 (Missouri didn’t).

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