U-M vs. OSU: Offensive Tale of the Tape

Ohio State leads the Big Ten in passing efficiency and third down conversions. Michigan leads the league in rushing offense and time of possession. Here are how the two teams stack up in all major offensive categories. Plus, the head to head defensive stats once again as well.

Offensive Stats, Michigan vs. Ohio State

- Ohio State leads the league in scoring offense, at 35.8 points per game.
- Michigan is 3rd in the league, averaging 29.4 ppg (Wisconsin is 2nd).

- OSU is 2nd in the league in total offense, averaging 401.3 yards per game.
- U-M is 4th, averaging 372.9 ypg.

- Michigan is first in the league in rushing offense, averaging 194.5 yards per game. Mike Hart is 2nd in the league in rushing, averaging 124.8 yards per game.
- OSU is 4th, averaging a paltry 179.5 ypg. OSU's Antonio Pittman is 4th in the league in rushing, averaging 93.8 ypg.

- Michigan leads the league in time of possession, at 34:11 per game.
- OSU is 3rd at a meager 31:56.

- OSU is 3rd in the league in passing offense, averaging 221.8 yards per game.
- U-M is 9th, averaging 178.4 yards per game.

- OSU (Troy Smith) is 1st in the league in pass efficiency.
- U-M (Chad Henne) is 3rd (Wisconsin is 2nd).

- U-M is 2nd in the league (to Illinois believe it or not) in Red Zone Offense, scoring 90.0% of the time.
- OSU is 6th, at a mediocre 83.7%.

- OSU is 1st in the league in 3rd down conversions, at 51.1%.
- U-M is 5th at 40.1%.

- Garrett Rivas is 2nd in the league in field goal accuracy at 83.3%.
- OSU's Aaron Pettrey is 6th at a so-so 72.7%.



Here are the respective defensive stats once again.

Defensive Stats, Michigan vs. Ohio State

- The Michigan defense leads the nation, and of course the Big Ten, in rushing defense, allowing 29.9 yards per game.
- OSU is 2nd in the league, allowing a porous 90.2 yards per game.

- The Michigan defense is 3rd in the nation and 1st in the Big Ten in total defense, allowing 231.45 yards per game.
- OSU is 3rd in the league (Wisconsin is 2nd), allowing a porous 261.7 ypg.

- OSU however leads the league in scoring defense, giving up 7.8 ppg.
- The Michigan defense is 5th in the nation and 2nd in the Big Ten (to OSU), allowing 12.1 points per game.

- The Michigan defense leads the Big Ten in sacks @ 3.68 per game (and is 2nd in the nation), and in tackles for loss (7.64 per game). Lamarr Woodley leads the league in sacks, averaging 1.0 per game, and is tied for 1st in forced fumbles (tied with 3 other players, none of them Buckeyes) @ .36 per game.
- OSU is 3rd in the league in sacks, averaging a paltry 3.0 per game. Quinn Pitcock is 3rd in the league, averaging .80 per game.

- The Michigan defense leads the league in 3rd down defense, allowing a 25% conversion rate.
- OSU is 3rd, allowing a porous 30.6% conversion rate.

- OSU is 2nd in pass efficiency defense (Wisconsin is 1st) and 2nd in the league in overall pass defense, giving up 171.5 yards per game.
- The Michigan defense is 3rd in the conference in pass efficiency defense, but U-M is 6th in overall pass defense, giving up 201.5 ypg. Leon Hall leads the league in passes broken up, averaging 1.64 per game; OSU doesn't have a player in the top 10.

- Michigan leads the Big Ten in Red Zone defense (tied with Wisconsin), giving up scores 66.7% of the time.
- OSU is a so-so 6th, allowing scores 83.7% of the time.

- OSU's LB James Laurinaitis is 5th in the league in tackles, averaging 8.3 per game.
- U-M's David Harris is 12th at 7.1 tpg.

Misc. Stats, U-M vs. OSU

- Ohio State however leads the conference and is third nationally in turnover margin this season, at *1.27. - The Wolverines are tied for second in the Big Ten and tied for eighth nationally at +1.09. Michigan is best in the Big Ten, and 3rd in the nation, in fewest turnovers with 10. Michigan is tied for 1st in the Big Ten and in the country (with guess who) in fewest fumbles, 3.

- Michigan is 2nd in the Big Ten in field goal percentage at 83.3%. OSU is a poor 7th at 69.2%.

- After 11 games, Michigan has the second toughest schedule in the country.

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