Similar to what I attempted with Iowa, I have done a comparison of average per game rushing, passing and scoring offense and defense for Michigan and Ohio State over the last decade. I went with the same format as before, placing the tables below the chart so you could see the exact figures that I had collected.
One thing that I found interesting in doing this was that, on offense anyway, these two teams have had reasonably similar production, managing to stay within a touchdown or so of each other when it comes to average scoring. Indeed, they have fairly comparable rushing and passing production on offense as well. That would lead you to a conclusion that would not be new to anyone here, of course – they can both score.
On defense, you will note that, most years, Ohio State’s rush defense has been stingier than ours, but you can also see a gradual slide in that rush defense of the Buckeyes to a point where, in the last two seasons, they have been fairly similar. Pass defenses have been a little more even through the years, but here again, you can see Ohio State’s pass defense regressing, particularly this year, whereas ours has improved, at least by the numbers.
I will have a more detailed look at this season in particular probably tomorrow or Tuesday, but I thought the board might be interested in a high-level summary of the last decade of football for both teams.
Also, BEAT OHIO.
(NOTE: These are linked to Photobucket, so hopefully the thumbnails are coded correctly - I can redo the HTML and put scaled images in the diary if people have trouble with the links.)
Michigan / Ohio State Rushing Offense (2002-Present):
Michigan / Ohio State Passing Offense (2002-Present):
Michigan / Ohio State Rushing Defense (2002-Present):
Michigan / Ohio State Passing Defense (2002-Present):
Michigan / Ohio State Scoring Offense (2002-Present):
Michigan / Ohio State Scoring Defense (2002-Present):