Anyone who has watched the team all year probably has a sense that the team is stronger in the second half of games. A robust analysis of this would look at yardage, yards per play, etc. but for a quick and dirty summary I looked at points scored and conceded in each half, and the numbers are interesting.
For the year, the team has outscored opponents 199-80 in the first half and 204-59 in the second. That's a fairly even split, but when you just look at the games that were competitive (or supposed to be)--ND, NW, Wisconsin, MSU, PSU, and IU--the splits are stark: 66-62 in the first half and 103-19(!) in the second half.
19 second-half points allowed in 6 competitive games is truly impressive. Also, of the 59 points allowed in the 2nd half of all games, 28 or so were conceded in the 4th quarter of blowouts. (The sad touchdown/field goal is definitely a thing).
The team has owned the 3rd quarter of games, outscoring opponents 100-19. The team has not been outscored in the second half of any game.
It's pretty pretty nice to know, going into half time of a game, that the coaching staff is going to make adjustments and finish strong.
Go Blue, fuck OSU.