Tale of the Tape: OSU Offense, U-M Defense

The M-D versus the O-O. We're starting with this because at least we pretty much know who'll be playing! Here's the Tale of the Tape.

The Tale of the Tape: OSU Offense vs. U-M Defense

Ohio State is 3rd in the Big Ten in scoring offense, averaging 33.6 points per game. Michigan is 5th in the league in scoring defense, allowing 20.8 points per game.

OSU is 9th in the Big Ten in pass offense and tops in pass efficiency, average 209.1 points per game. U-M is 2nd in pass defense and 2nd as well in pass efficiency defense, giving up an average of 191.5 yards per game.

-- Todd Boeckman is 8th in the league in passing at 192.2 yards a game, but leads the league in pass efficiency.
-- Brian Robiskie is 5th in the league in receiving yards per game at 78.5.

OSU is 3rd in the conference in rushing offense, averaging 198. 7 yards a game; U-M is 8th in rush defense, giving up 143.6 yards a game.

-- Chris Wells is 3rd in the Big Ten in rushing, averaging 112.8 yards per game (and 5.8 yards per carry).
-- Shawn Crable leads the league in tackles-for-loss, averaging 2.18 per game.

OSU is 6th in the league in total offense, averaging 407.8 yards a game; U-M is 3rd in total defense, giving up 335.1 yards a game.

U-M is now 6th in the league in sacks with 32 in 11 games. OSU is 3rd in the conference in sacks given up, allowing just 14 in 11 games.

OSU is top in the league in 3rd down conversion rate at 48.7%. The U-M defense is 4th in 3rd down conversion defense, allowing a 36.5% conversion rate.

OSU is 2nd in the Big Ten in Red Zone Offense, scoring 88.1% of the time; U-M is 10th in Red Zone Defense, giving up points 88.9% of the time.

Overall: Ohio State has a well-balanced and efficient offense. Illinois beat the OSU by keeping the Buckeye offense off the field in the 2nd half.

The Edge: Ohio State

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