Michigan and Ohio have played four common opponents this season: Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue, and Illinois. I got to thinking about how the comparision between the teams via these common opponents might look like so I've thrown some numbers together.
MIchigan played them at home, won 12-10.
Ohio played them on the road, won 17-16.
Michgan played them on the road, lost 23-9.
Ohio played them at home, won 63-38
MIchigan played them at home, won 44-13.
Ohio played them at home, won 29-22 (OT)
Michigan played them at home, won 45-0.
Ohio played them at home, won 52-22.
Some totals for all four games, Michigan first:
A few things that jump out to me right off the bat are the point differentials and the turnover differentials. The point differentials are almost identical. Ohio scores more points than we do but also give up more at about the same rate. Turnovers, however, are completely opposite. They have managed to win all four games with a negative differential, while we have been on the positive side and lose a game (yes huge caveats apply to the Nebraska game for obvious reasons, but M was still only -1 in TOs that game).
So, what do all these numbers mean? Not much, probably. None of these games take into account the new Devin throwing/Denard running offensive machine. Gallon and Rountree have both stepped things up in the last 2-3 weeks (I'm sure DG has had something to do with that as well). Fitz is now out. A lot has changed on our side since any of the above numbers happened. I don't know much about what's happened on their side other than what I see on Sportscenter.
OSU seems to be a bit bipolar to me. They blow out a solid Nebraska team yet have to go to overtime to dispatch Danny Hope's hapless Boilermakers? Obviously they are a good team, but how good? Is the new Devin-Denard Fushion Cuisine Offense really as good as it's been, or is it more the result of overmatched foes with poor defenses? What do you guys think?
EDIT - Sorry I posted before I was done, I didn't know "save" meant "publish".