By the Nos.: U-M "O" vs OSU "D" -- nutty

With the Michigan offense inconsistent and now fairly decimated, and the OSU defense the second best in the league ... this comparison is nutty.

Ohio State OVERALL:

YOUNGSTOWN STATE W 43-0
OHIO W 26-14
at USC L 3-35
TROY W 28-10
MINNESOTA W 34-21
at Wisconsin W 20-17
PURDUE W 16-3
at MSU W 45-7
PENN STATE L 6-13
at Northwestern W 45-10
at Illinois W 30-20
AVERAGE SCORE: 26.9 to 13.6

MICHIGAN OFFENSE vs OSU DEFENSE - OVERALL:

OSU is 2nd in the league in scoring defense, giving up 13.6 points per game.
Michigan is 9th in the league in scoring offense, averaging 21.5 points per game.

OSU is 2nd in the league in total defense, giving up 286.6 yards per game.
Michigan is last in the league in total defense, averaging 299.2 yards a game.

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MICHIGAN PASSING OFFENSE vs OSU PASSING DEFENSE:

OSU Passing defense: 2nd in the B-10, giving up 171.4 yards per game. In pass efficiency defense, OSU is 4th in the league.
U-M Passing Offense: 10th in the B-10 (OSU, BTW, is 11th), at 148.3 yards per game. In pass efficiency defense, U-M is 9th in the league.

Nick Sheridan vs. Minnesota: 18-30 for 203 yards, 1 TD and no ints.
Nick Sheridan vs. Northwestern: 8-21 for 61 yards.

Martavious Odoms is 6th in the league in receptions, averaging 4.4 catches per game.

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MICHIGAN RUSHING OFFENSE vs NORTHWESTERN RUSHING DEFENSE:

OSU Rushing defense: 3rd in the Big 10, 115.3 yards per game (3.7 yards per carry).
U-M Rushing offense: 8th in the league, 150.9 yards a game (4.0 yards per carry).

Sam McGuffie is 10th in the league in rushing, averaging 54 yards a game (4.1 yards per carry).

OSU LB James Laurinaitis is 2nd in the league in tackles, averaging 9.9 per game. LB Marcus Freeman is 18th at 6.3.

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MISC.

OSU is 10th in the league in 3rd down defense, allowing a 38.6% conversion rate.
U-M in 10th in 3rd down conversions at 29.6%

OSU is 8th in the league in Red Zone defense, allowing a 82.6% scoring rate.
U-M is 10th in the league in Red Zone offense, scoring 78.8% of the time.

OSU is 9th in the league in sacks, averaging 1.9 per game.
U-M is 4th in the league in sacks given up, averaging 1.7 per game.

OSU is 2nd in the league in turnover margin, at +1.27.
U-M is last at -.82.

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WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

OSU is second in most defensive categories to PSU ... and U-M went into PSU and, with Threet and Sheridan splitting time, scored 17. IMO that'd be about right for U-M in this game as well ... but, with Threet out, Minor iffy, Shaw sort've iffy, McGuffie maybe-maybe-not on the sidelines, and with a new OL injury ... 17 may be generous.

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