Aggies Among Most Improved College Football Offenses In 2023

Aggies Among Most Improved College Football Offenses In 2023
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It wasn’t enough to save his job, but former Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher did achieve one feat in 2023, his final season in College Station. His tenure ended with the Aggies near the top of the nation in scoring average. It’s a fact that might surprise some who are awaiting legal Texas sportsbooks, but it’s true.

The Aggies’ improvement on offense – they went from 22.0 points scored per game during 2022’s disappointing 5-7 campaign to 32.9 PPG while finishing 7-6 in 2023 – was one of the most impressive in the country. In fact, the 10.9 PPG improvement put A&M among the best nationally for year-over-year rise in scoring offense, according to TeamRankings.com.

Most Improved Offenses In College Football

Rank, Team2023 Avg. PPG 2022 Avg. PPG Difference
1. Georgia Tech 29.7 15.5 14.2
2. Colorado 28.2 15.4 12.8
3. Virginia Tech 29.5 18.5 11.0
4. Texas A&M 32.9 22.0 10.9
5. Miami (Fla.) 30.1 19.4 10.7
6. LSU 43.3 32.2 10.1
7. Kentucky 29.2 19.5 9.7
8. Northwestern 22.0 12.8 9.2
9. Oklahoma 41.7 32.8 8.9
10. Boston College 24.3 15.9 8.4

In 2023, quite a few teams bolstered offense immensely, whether it can be attributed to a change at coordinator or just better talent. BetTexas.com, you home for coverage of ongoing efforts to legalize Texas sports betting apps, found out the biggest improvement in average points scored per game by every Power 5 college football team. We used TeamRankings.com for our research.

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Where A&M Scoring Improvement Ranked

Nationally, A&M’s 10.9 PPG improvement ranked fourth, sandwiched between No. 3 Virginia Tech (+11.0 PPG) and No. 5 Miami (+10.7 PPG), representing a small step forward for the program.

We don’t know how incoming head coach Mike Elko will fare with the program moving forward, but we know A&M has made strides on offense over the past calendar year. That could pay dividends when combined with the new coach’s background on defense. That could be worth considering if Texas sports betting promos become a reality in the near future.

Elko was A&M’s defensive coordinator between 2018 and 2021 before taking over as head coach at Duke, where he went 16-9 in two years before returning to College Station.

The 46-year-old CFB lifer will have a tall task ahead as A&M seeks its first season with double-digit wins since 2012, when the Aggies went 11-2. The challenge in College Station gets greater when you consider an expanded SEC that now includes the program’s rival in Austin, the Texas Longhorns, and the Oklahoma Sooners.

With the No. 21 ranked recruiting class in the nation (but No. 11 in the SEC, per 247 Sports) incoming, there’s reason to believe that the future could be bright for the Aggies under their new head coach. At the moment, what we do know is that A&M was one of the nation’s biggest movers offensively when it came to finding the end zone in 2022, which sets the table for Year One of the Elko era in 2024 in College Station.

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Christopher Boan is a writer with BetTexas.com, covering state issues. He has covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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