The Ohio State Effect: Northwestern

Remy's picture
October 7, 2013 at 7:25p
10 Comments

Another week and another opponent's stats get flipped upside down.

It's always interesting to see how a team's stats change after playing Ohio State.

Below you will be able to compare Northwestern's stats before playing and after playing Ohio State.

The Wildcats were able to improve dramatically statistically in passing offense (+21.8 ypg) and pass defense (+21.2 ypg).

Northwestern took major hits in rushing offense (- 31.1 ypg) and rushing defense (-26.0 ypg).

Interestingly, Wisconsin had similar results after playing Ohio State.

Will the same happen with Iowa on the 19th?

                                   
Before Ohio State                           After Ohio State                   
41.3 (21st)           Points For            39.0 (25th)    - 2.3 ppg
23.8 (52nd)          Points Against       27.0  (68th)   - 3.2   ppg

249.5 (18th)        Rushing Offense    218.4 (22nd)   - 31.1 ypg
233.8 (64th)           Passing Offense    255.6 (50th) +21..8  ypg
483.3 (30th)        Total Offense        474.0 (32nd)   - 9.3  ypg

118.0 (28th)        Rushing Defense    144.0 (48th)     - 26.0  ypg
308.8 (117th)         Pass Defense        287.6 (108th) +21.2  ypg  
426.8 (87th)        Total Defense        431.6 (87th)     - 4.8  ypg 
 
                             Offense Misc.    
.517 (15th)          3rd Down Conv.      .486  (26th)    - .031
.947 (15th)             Red Zone              .960  (8th)  +.013
6.0 (62nd)            Punt Return           6.0   (79th)   No Change
22.6 (45th)             Kickoff Return        23.0 (45th) +0.4  ypr        

                             Defense Misc.
.441 (95th)          3rd Down Conv.     .457   (104th)    - .016        
.929 (107th)           Red Zone              .900    (99th) + .029  
113.2 (32nd)        Pass Eff. Def.         113.5 (29th)      - 0.3        
33.5 (110th)        Net Punting            30.9   (120th)   - 2.6  ypp      

Total: 11              THE EDGE              Total: 5

The Buckeyes' defense was able to hold Northwestern's offense to 94 yards rushing. Coming into the game the Wildcats were averaging just under 250 yards on the ground.

The most important stat?

Ohio State 40, Northwestern 30

This play made President Harding happy. **

Northwestern, is Ohio State still your daddy?

After winning 29 of the last 30 games you bet your sweet ass they are.

Next week's opponent: The Bye Week. Time to rest up and avoid the injury bug.

** Gif came from Deadly Nuts. Thank you sir.

Comments

Deadly Nuts's picture

Just had to throw this play in here:

LEBRON

Remy's picture

Deadly Nuts,
I was looking for that GIF for the article.
Hope you don't mind if I "borrow" it from you.
For letting me do this I will give you a mad amount of upvotes...with the first one now.
Thanks.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

Deadly Nuts's picture

No problem.

LEBRON

MN Buckeye's picture

Time to tighten up the pass defense.

Remy's picture

Time to tighten up the pass defense.

 
That's a great point for debate.
Is the pass defense too loose? 
Are teams throwing more because they cannot run?
Because they are playing from behind?
Because the Buckeyes' secondary IS that bad?
It is frustrating to watch the corners play 7-9 yards off of receivers and then let the receiver make an 8 yard gain on a 3 yard screen.
At the same time, would D. Grant have made the interception if the defensive backs played tight the entire night? Probably not.
The Buckeyes lulled Northwestern into thinking the DBs were playing zone on every blitz.
Grant's pick came on man coverage with the blitz which the Wildcats didn't expect.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

BeijingBucks's picture

I think you hit the nail on the head.

unpredictability is the true mark of a great defence. being able to mask whether you are going to be zone man or blitz a corner rush three rush 5 or stack the line.

make their QB at least work a little to read the bloody D!! This is where I'm down on our schemes and coaching.

well that and of course the long lost ability to wrap up and form tackle.

 

 

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MN Buckeye's picture

Remy, I enjoy your posts and usually just react rather than first mention how much I appreciate your analysis. Thanks for working on the data and laying it out in a great format. And you raise some great points here.
I would like to think that we just need a few tweaks that will tighten up our pass D. Whether this is the scheme or the execution, it has to come together soon, but I believe that we are very close. My personal hope is to see Vonn Bell get into the game sooner than later, but the coaches know how ready he is.

Remy's picture

Thanks for the kind words MN Buckeye.
I had the Von Bell conversation with a friend of mine today.
With the limited view watching the game on tv, I thought Pitt Brown looked a little unsure of himself out there. Seemed to be a step behind the play.
As a fan I would like to see Von Bell, or someone else, get a shot in the secondary.
But like you said "...the coaches know how ready he is."
One thing in Bell's favor is that he is making plays on special teams.
  

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

Geraffi's picture

Interesting breakdown. What this really tells me is that these rankings are meaningless because they can be so drastically affected with one game. For exams, NW pass offense went from 64th to 50th. Are they really that much better having played OSU?  No. But the numbers compared to other's numbers indicate they are. When not all things are equal (strength of schedule), these rankings hold little weight. 
What I saw Saturday was a damn good, well prepared, and feisty NW team deserving of much respect.

BeijingBucks's picture

I feel the stats from here on out across the league will be more telling as we get past the cupcake season. Everyone has been so busy padding stats and making babies... it's like everyone hit the summer of love at the same time... so let's see who is the last to leave.

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton