Crunching The Numbers: Ohio State-Washington

This week Crunching The Numbers examines Ohio State's impressive defense, freshman quarterback struggles and the Buckeyes winning percentage on trips out west, among other statistical tidbits.


There are no current Buckeyes from the state of Washington, nor are there any Huskies from Ohio.


Ohio State leads the nation in total defense, allowing 122.5 yards per game. The Buckeyes lead the Big Ten in total defense, pass defense and net punting.


The Buckeyes are four games over .500 (18-14-1) all time in games played in the Pacific time zone.


Washington has averaged 6.1 yards per offensive play this season. Ohio State has allowed opponents just 2.4 yards per play.


Ohio State has allowed eight points through two games, the best start for an Ohio State team since the 1996 Buckeyes allowed seven combined in their first two contests.


The Huskies have nine sacks through two games.


In its last four games, Ohio State is minus-10 in turnover margin (one takeaway, 11 giveaways).


Ohio State has won 20 regular season games in a row, one less than the school record set from 1967-69.


Washington lists 25 seniors on its depth chart (excluding special teams). That total includes five of six wide receivers, three starting offensive linemen, both starting defensive tackles, one starting defensive end, two starting linebackers and two starters in the defensive secondary. The Ohio State depth chart lists six seniors, including just three players who began their careers on scholarship.


Ohio State faced three freshman starting quarterbacks last season, and none had much success. Colt McCoy of Texas, Kellen Lewis of Indiana and Juice Williams of Illinois combined to complete 42 of 78 passes (53.8 percent) for 337 yards (112.3 per game) with one touchdown and one interception (both belonging to McCoy). Washington figures to start redshirt freshman Jake Locker at quarterback this week.


The last time Ohio State held both of its first two opponents out of the end zone was 1975. Those Buckeyes shut out No. 11 Michigan State, 21-0, in the season opener then allowed just a trio of Chris Bahr field goals in a 17-9 win over No. 7 Penn State.

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