Crunching the Numbers: Ohio State at Michigan

In our last edition of the regular season, Crunching the Numbers examines the series history, statistical rankings in the conference, streaks of interest and of course the counts of natives of each state set to face each other.

In numbers from Big Ten games only, Ohio State leads the conferences in scoring defense (13.0 points per game), total defense (273.4 yards per game), sacks (21, tied with Purdue) and third-down defense (30.1 percent conversions). Michigan leads the Big Ten in punting (42.4 net yards per game). Among individuals, Michigan's Brandon Graham leads the conference in tackles for loss (16.0), Zoltan Mesko is tops in punting (45.6 yards net average), Junior Hemingway is No. 1 in punt return average (10.8 yards) and Donovan Warren leads in interceptions (four).

Three Buckeyes are natives of Michigan: tight end Reid Fragel (Grosse Pointe Farms), safety Aaron Gant (Detroit) and wide receivers Taurian Washington (Orchard Lake) and James Jackson (Grand Ledge).

The winner of the turnover battle is just 4-3 in the eight Ohio State-Michigan games since Jim Tressel became head coach of the Buckeyes in 2001.

Ohio State has won or shared five consecutive Big Ten championships.

Ohio State is going for its sixth straight win in the series. The Buckeyes have already set the school record with five wins in a row against Michigan.

The winner of the rushing battle is 8-0 in the game since 2000.

Ohio State's defense is in the top 10 in the nation in rushing defense, scoring defense, total defense and pass efficiency defense.

Michigan is 11th - last - in the Big Ten in scoring defense (35 ppg), rushing defense (196.6 ypg), total defense (444.3 ypg.), turnover margin (-9), pass efficiency defense, time of possession, red zone defense and red zone offense. Ohio State is last in passing offense (144.7 ypg.).

Michigan's roster contains 13 players from Ohio: linebacker Isaiah Bell (Youngstown), long snapper Curt Graman (Cincinnati), tight end Kevin Koger (Toledo), safety Jordan Kovacs (Curtice), offensive lineman Elliott Mealer (Wauseon), punter Zoltan Mesko (Twinsburg), tight end Brandon Moore (Trotwood), offensive lineman Patrick Omameh (Columbus), wide receiver Roy Roundtree (Trotwood), running back Michael Shaw (Trotwood), running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (Youngstown), cornerback J.T. Turner (Massillon) and place kicker Bryan Wright (Salem).

Ohio State has won or shared 34 Big Ten titles, second-most in history to Michigan (42).

Ohio State has allowed 136 points in 11 games. The record low for a Tressel team in 13 games is 166, set in 2006 and matched a season later.

During its five-game winning streak against Michigan, Ohio State has outgained the Wolverines by an average of 144.4 yards per game (412.4 to 268.0)

Ohio State and Michigan will face each other for the 106th time on Saturday. The Wolverines own the all-time series by a 57-42-6 count.

Ohio State has rushed for at least 200 yards seven times this season, tying for the most in one year under Tressel.

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