The Tale of the Tape: U-M Offense vs. OSU Defense
Michigan is 7th in the Big Ten in scoring offense, averaging 28.2 points per game. OSU is 1st in the league in scoring defense, allowing 11.4 points per game.
U-M is 7th in the Big Ten in pass offense and 7th in pass efficiency, average 219.4 yards per game. OSU is 1st in pass defense and 1st as well in pass efficiency defense, giving up an average of 154.7 yards per game.
-- Chad Henne is off the boards now in the league in passing, having missed too many games.
-- Mario Manningham is 1st in the league in receiving yards per game at 106.2, and 2nd in receptions per game at 6.2.
U-M is 6th in the conference in rushing offense, averaging 179.8 yards a game; OSU is 1st in rush defense, giving up 82.7 yards a game.
-- Mike Hart is off the board in the Big Ten in rushing now, having missed too many games.
-- OSU has 2 players on the top ten in the league in tackles: James Laurinaitis is 6th at 8.8 per game, and Marcus Freeman is 10th at 7.8 per game.
U-M is 8th in the league in total offense, averaging 399.2 yards a game; OSU is 1st in total defense, giving up 237.5 yards a game.
OSU is now 2nd in the league in sacks with 38 in 11 games, and Vernon Gholston is 3rd in the league, averaging .91 per game. U-M is 6th in the conference in sacks given up, allowing 21 in 11 games.
U-M is 5th in the league in 3rd down conversion rate at 44.2%. The OSU defense is 1st in 3rd down conversion defense, allowing a 32.2% conversion rate.
U-M is 9th in the Big Ten in Red Zone Offense, scoring 80.0% of the time; OSU is 4th in Red Zone Defense, giving up points 75.0% of the time.
Overall: on paper, U-M is in trouble ... however it does all boil down to the health of Hart and Henne ...
The Edge: Ohio State
Tale of the Tape: U-M Offense vs. OSU Defense
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