Tale of the Tape: Conversions, Kicking, Misc.

Final Tales of the OSU-U-M Tape: 3rd and 4th down conversions, punting and kickoffs, field goals, penalties, turnovers. And a reminder on Offense vs. Defense Tales. Which team looks better on paper?

3rd down conversions: OSU is tops in the league with a 48.7 conversion rate; U-M is 5th at 44.2%.

3rd down defense: OSu is again tops in the Big Ten, allowing a 32.2 conversion rate; U-M is 4th, allowing 36.5.

4th down conversions: OSU is 3rd in the league, making 7 of 11 4th down conversions. U-M is 11th, making 5 of 13.

4th down defense: U-M is 5th in the league, allowing a 50% conversion rate; OSU is 9th, allowing 66.7%.

The Conversion Edge: OSU

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Kickoff Returns. Michigan is 10th, averaging 18.4 yards per kickoff ... but don't worry, OSU is 11th at 16.8 yards.

Kickoff coverage. OSU is 4th in the Big Ten, with a 43.7 net yardage. U-M is 9th, with a 40.6 net yardage.

Punting: OSU is 2nd in the league, with a 40.0 yard net-average. U-M is 5th, with a 37.9 yard net-average.

Punt returns: OSU and U-M are 5th and 6th in the league respectively, with 9.2 and 8.2 yard averages.

The Return Edge: OSU

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Field Goals: OSU is 5th in the conference,making 17 of 21 (.81). Michigan is 9th, making 11 of 17 (.647).

Field Goal Edge: OSU

Turnover margin: U-M is 3rd in the league, with a +5 for the season. OSU is 6th with a +-0.

Turnover Edge: Michigan

Penalties: OSU and U-M are 3rd and 4th best in the league, being penalized 41.0 and 42.7 yards respectively.

Penalties Edge: a wash

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And for past Tales of the Tape:

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Tale of the Tape: U-M offense vs. OSU Defense (edge - OSU).

Tale of the Tape: OSU offense vs. U-M Defense (edge - OSU).


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