By the Numbers: Minnesota "O" vs. U-M "D"

Really the only question that means anything is: will the Wolverine defense travel to Memorial Stadium and show up on the field Saturday night ... because it stayed in the bus in West Lafayette last Saturday.

Minnesota overall: 7-2 (3-2 Big Ten)

Northern Illinois W 31-27
@Bowling Green W 42-17
Montana State W 35-23
Florida Atlantic W 37-3
@Ohio State L 34-21
Indiana W 16-7
@Illinois W 27-20
@Purdue W 17-6
Northwestern L 24-17


Minnesota's Average score: 27 (5th in the league) to 17.9 (4th in the league).
Michigan is now last in the league in scoring defense, giving up 30.9 per game.

Minnesota's is 9th in the league the league in total offense, averaging 360.4 yards per game.
U-M is 10th in the league in total defense, giving up 393.6 yards per game.

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MINNESOTA RUSHING OFFENSE vs U-M RUSHING DEFENSE:

Minnesota's Rushing: 120.1 yards per game (3.4 yards per carry), last in the B-10.

Michigan Rushing defense: 141.0 yards per game (3.6 yards per carry), 7th in the Big 10.

Minnesota's running back DeLeon Eskridge is averaging 59.1 yards per game and 6.4 yards per carry, 9th in the league.

For Michigan, Obi Ezeh leads in tackles, averaging 8.8 per game, 6th best in the B-10.
Brandon Harrison is 17th best in the conference with 6.4 per game.

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MINNESOTA PASSING OFFENSE vs U-M PASSING DEFENSE:

Minnesota's Passing: 240.3 yards per game, 3rd in the Big Ten. Purdue is 3rd in the league in pass efficiency.

Michigan Passing defense: last in the league, giving up 252.6 yards per game. In pass efficiency defense, U-M is 10th in the conference.

Adam Weber is 2nd in the league in passing, averaging 256.8 yards per game (66.0%).

Purdue's receivers Eric Decker leads the league in receptions per game, 8.11, and in receiving yards per game, 99.4

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MISC.

Minnesota is 5th in the league in 3rd down conversions, 38.8%.
Michigan is 10th in the league in 6th down defense, allowing a 39.7% conversion rate.

Minnesota is 4th in the league in Red Zone offense, scoring 87.1% of the time.
Michigan is 4th in the league in Red Zone defense, allowing a 76.3% scoring rate.

Minnesota is 1st in the league in turnover margin, at +1.67 per game.
Michigan is last in the league in turnover margin, at -1.00 per game.

Minnesota is 8th in the league in sacks allowed, allowing 2.1 per game.
Michigan is 7th in the league in sacking the QB, with 2.1 per game.

Zoltan Mesko leads the league in punting, averaging 45.1 yards per punt.

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*What does this all say?*

Really the only question that means anything is: will the Wolverine defense travel to Memorial Stadium and show up on the field ... because it stayed in the bus in West Lafayette last Saturday.

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