Crunching the Numbers: The Game

Ohio State is working on an historic winning streak against its archrival, but there are plenty of other interesting statistics, facts and figures floating around for the 105th edition of The Game.

Ohio State has won the last three meetings with Michigan at Ohio Stadium.

Ohio State has won the last four meetings overall with Michigan, tying the Buckeyes' record for consecutive wins in the series. Since 1927, neither team has won more than five games in a row in the series.

Turnover margin is generally a good indicator for determining the winner of a football game, but Ohio State is minus-6 in the last three Michigan contests. The Buckeyes won all three games despite not recording a single takeaway.

There are 10 Wolverines from Ohio: Brandon Harrison (Dayton Chaminade-Julienne), Kevin Koger (Toledo Whitmer), Mike Massey (Cleveland St. Ignatius), Elliott Mealer (Wauseon), Zoltan Mesko (Twinsburg), Brandon Moore (Trotwood-Madison), Patrick Omameh (Columbus St. Francis DeSales), Roy Roundtree (Trotwood-Madison), Michael Shaw (Trotwood-Madison) and Bryan Wright (Salem).

Two Buckeyes, Aaron Gant and Taurian Washington, are from Michigan. Both prepped at Orchard Lake St. Mary's.

Ohio State ranks last in the Big Ten in passing yards (144.8) and tackles for loss (4.9 per game). Michigan is last in total offense (299.2 yards per game), turnover margin (-.82 per game) and passing efficiency (97.9).

Both teams enter the game Saturday with 21 wins (and one tie) in the series in games played at Ohio Stadium.

Ohio State will honor 28 seniors before the game Saturday. The 2008 seniors (in alphabetical order): Nader Abdallah (Metairie, La.); Todd Boeckman (St. Henry, Ohio); Alex Boone (Lakewood, Ohio); D.R. Ebner (Hershey, Pa.); Marcus Freeman (Huber Heights, Ohio); Tyson Gentry (Sandusky, Ohio); Bryan Gray (Antwerp, Ohio); Malcolm Jenkins (Piscataway, N.J.); Ben Kacsandi (Wooster, Ohio); Shaun Lane (Hubbard, Ohio); J.D. Larson (Ventura, Calif.); James Laurinaitis (Hamel, Minn.); Ryan Lukens (Lebanon, Ohio); Kyle Mitchum (Erie, Pa.); Rory Nicol (Beaver, Pa.); Jamario O'Neal (Cleveland, Ohio); Nick Patterson (St. Louis, Mo.); Ben Person (Xenia, Ohio); Ryan Pretorius (Durbin, South Africa); Steve Rehring (West Chester, Ohio); Chris Rietschlin (Crestline, Ohio); Brian Robiskie (Chagrin Falls, Ohio); Kyle Ruhl (Powell, Ohio); Jon Skinner (Mt. Carmel, Pa.); Brandon Smith (Euclid, Ohio); Curtis Terry (Cleveland, Ohio); A.J. Trapasso (Pickerington, Ohio); and Maurice Wells (Jacksonville, Fla.).

This senior class has won 42 games in four seasons and attempt to equal the school record for wins in such a time span. The 2002-05 Buckeyes won 43 games.

Saturday will be the 75th game in the series since then-OSU coach Francis Schmidt said, "How about Michigan? They put their pants on one leg at a time, the same as we do." Since then, every Buckeye to play in a victory over Michigan has received a gold pants necklace charm and the series is tied 35-35-4.

The victory over Illinois was Jim Tressel's 82nd as head coach of the Buckeyes. That broke the tie with Earle Bruce for third-most in school history.

Saturday will mark the 91st consecutive year Ohio State and Michigan have played each other on the gridiron.

Saturday will be the 105th meeting between Ohio State and Michigan. Michigan leads the series overall 57-41-6, including 13 wins and two ties in the first 15 meetings.

Since The Game was moved to the final game of the season in 1935, it has had potential for major impact on the final conference standings 43 times, including the last eight meetings. That will continue this year when the Wolverines can deny the Buckeyes a share of their 33rd Big Ten title.

Woody Hayes' first Ohio State team lost to Michigan 7-0 in 1951, beginning a stretch from then to the present in which the Buckeyes lead the series 29-26-2.

Ohio State and Michigan are two of five Division I-A programs with at least 800 victories.

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