Crunching the Numbers: Ohio State at MSU

The history of the series, the plethora of Ohioans on the Michigan State roster, turnover margin and family ties are among those things that caught our eye in an examination of the numbers surrounding the upcoming land-grant institution clash.


Ohio State leads the Big Ten in pass defense and punt return average.


Michigan State does not lead the league in any category, but the Spartans are second in punt returns, turnover margin and sacks allowed.


Three Tressels will be coaching Saturday at Spartan Stadium: Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel and his brother, Buckeye running backs coach Dick Tressel, along with Michigan State linebackers/special teams coach Mike Tressel, Dick's son and Jim's nephew.


Ohio State has won six in a row against Michigan State. Six also represents the winning streak the Spartans will ride into play Saturday.


Michigan State gained nine first downs against Ohio State last season. The Buckeyes had 22.


The Buckeyes rank last (11th) in the Big Ten in passing yards, sacks allowed and tackles for loss.


Jim Tressel has taken the Buckeyes on the road against a ranked team 15 times and won 10.


Javon Ringer, who wears No. 23, leads the Big Ten in rushing (158.9 yards per game), scoring (12 points per game) and all-purpose yards (201.7).


There are 24 players from Ohio on the Michigan State roster: freshman defensive back Johnny Adams (Akron/Buchtel), sophomore punter Aaron Bates (New Concord/John Glenn), senior cornerback Mike Bell (Shaker Heights), sophomore fullback Nick Bendzuck (Strongsville), redshirt freshman tight end Garrett Celek (Cincinnati/LaSalle), junior offensive tackle Rocco Cironi (Warren/Warren G. Harding), redshirt freshman wide receiver B.J. Cunningham (Westerville/Westerville South), senior cornerback Kendell Davis-Clark (Alliance), junior safety Danny Fortener (Kettering/Alter), freshman linebacker Steve Gardiner (Dublin/Coffman), freshman linebacker Mike Haddad (Avon Lake), senior quarterback Brian Hoyer (North Olmsted/Cleveland St. Ignatius), sophomore safety Marcus Hyde (Fostoria), sophomore defensive lineman Antonio Jeremiah (Hilliard/Darby), sophomore linebacker Greg Jones (Cincinnati/Moeller), senior defensive tackle Justin Kershaw (Columbus/Reynoldsburg), senior defensive end Brandon Long (Canton/GlenOak), junior offensive guard Brendon Moss (Bay Village), senior running back Javon Ringer (Dayton/Chaminade-Julienne), freshman linebacker David Rolf (Piqua), sophomore cornerback Chris L. Rucker (Warren/Warren G. Harding), freshman linebacker Drew Stevens (Delaware/Olentangy) freshman linebacker Jamiihr Williams (Lima/Trotwood-Madison) and freshman defensive tackle Jerel Worthy (Huber Heights/Wayne). Two Buckeyes are from Michigan. Junior safety Aaron Gant and sophomore wide receiver Taurian Washington both went to Orchard Lake St. Mary's.


Saturday will mark the 39th meeting of Ohio State and Michigan State. The Buckeyes lead the series 26-12. Ohio State is 12-5 in East Lansing.

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