Michigan By The Numbers

What I’m thankful for: Statistics.

Statistically Speaking
Ohio State
Value (Rank)
Value (Rank)
Rushing Offense (ypg) 216.2 (17) 181.3 (92) Rushing Defense (ypg) Ohio State++
Passing Offense (ypg) 230.0 (55) 263.9 (111) Passing Defense (ypg) Ohio State+
Pass Efficiency 158.4 (10) 139.7 (92) Pass Efficiency Defense Ohio State+
Total Offense (ypg) 446.2 (18) 445.2 (112) Total Defense (ypg) Ohio State++
Scoring Offense (ppg) 39.6 (9) 33.5 (99) Scoring Defense (ppg) Ohio State++
Rushing Defense (ypg) 86.0 (3) 257.4 (10) Rushing Offense (ypg) Push
Passing Defense (ypg) 155.1 (5) 257.2 (30) Passing Offense (ypg) Ohio State
Pass Efficiency Defense 98.2 (7) 154.6 (16) Pass Efficiency Offense Push
Total Defense (ypg) 241.1 (3) 514.5 (5) Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 13.9 (5) 36.8 (15) Scoring Offense (ppg) Push
Turnover margin +1.09 (7) -0.64 (101) Turnover margin Ohio State++
Penalty Yards/game 44.0 (25) 47.5 (42) Penalty Yards/game Push
Sacks (/game) 1.55 (91) 0.91 (11) Sacks Allowed (/game) Michigan++
Sacks Allowed (/game) 1.82 (57) 1.46 (95) Sacks (/game) Ohio State
3rd Down Conv. (%) 44.5 (34) 40.9 (76) 3rd Down Conv. Def (%) Ohio State
3rd Down Conv. Def (%) 29.7 (4) 47.6 (19) 3rd Down Conv. (%) Push
Redzone Offense (%) 89.5 (14) 86.7 (89) Redzone Defense (%) Ohio State++
Redzone Defense (%) 75.0 (21) 84.0 (50) Redzone Offense (%) Ohio State
  Difference <25 in National Rank = Push
  Difference >25 in National Rank = Ohio State
  Difference >50 in National Rank = Ohio State+
  Difference >75 in National Rank = Ohio State++
  Differences >100 in National Rank = Ohio State+++

Presented without comment.

As always, stats are grabbed from cfbstats.com.


  1. Every stat says this game should be a blowout OSU win, and I think it probably will be, but I can’t escape the feeling that if Michigan can avoid turnovers, this game might be far closer than it should be.

  2. Jeff at FOX Sports Ohio says

    Sweet Jesus, I knew it was lopsided…I didn’t know it was THIS lopsided.

  3. @Peter – This game is going to be closer than people think for a little while, I just don’t think the Michigan defense can put up enough resistance over four quarters to keep it that way. Numbers are one thing, emotional rivalries (where the seniors have never won) is another thing all together.

    @Jeff – It was wasn’t for that pesky sacks vs. sacks allowed stat, Ohio State would have swept (or tied) all the categories. On paper this game should be all one-sided.

  4. When Michigan Has The Ball: Unstoppable Force vs. Immovable Object

    When Ohio State Has The Ball: Unstoppable Force vs. Object That Has Already Been Moved For You

  5. Now, if we can convert these stats into real, live scores…
    El Kaiser, good point about emotional level (seniors that have never one, but I think this can play out the other way, too. Seniors that have never lost. We have some serious bowl implications riding on this, as well as share of Conference championship.

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