The Rundown: No. 2 Ohio State versus No. 10 Michigan State

Remy's picture
December 3, 2013 at 5:19p


TV: Saturday, 8:17 Fox

Ohio State leads the series 28-13.                                                       

Since 2000 Ohio State has won 8 of 9 games against the Spartans.

The Buckeyes have outscored MSU 258-136 (29-19) in that 9 game span.

Braxton Miller's 2,867 career rushing yards makes him Ohio State's leading rusher at quarterback.

Carlos Hyde is 33 yards shy of 3,000 for his career.

Braxton Miller only needs 133 rushing yards to reach 3,000.

Record Breakers:
The 2013 Buckeyes' offense has thrown for a school record 35 touchown passes.

With 20 games of at least 200 yards of offense Braxton Miller passed Troy Smith (19) to top the all-time list at Ohio State.

The 2013 Buckeyes have already set a new school record for touchdowns with 79. The 1995 team held the previous record with 64.

The school record for points per game is 42.5. The 2013 Buckeyes need 19 points (9.5 points per game) over the next two games to break the record.

263, the total number of points scored by Ohio State against Penn State, Purdue, Illinois, Indiana and That Team. That is the most points ever by an Ohio State team in a five-game span.

The Buckeyes are averaging 7.1 yards per rushing attempt (the record is 5.7 in 1974).

Getting Defensive:
The Buckeyes are holding opponents to 100.0 rushing yards per game.

The Silver Bullets have 39 sacks this season; Noah Spence leads the team with 8 sacks.

The Buckeyes have 81 tackles for loss; Ryan Shazier has 21.

Ohio State has allowed three rushes over 20 yards this season.

Know Thy Opponent:
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio has guided the Spartans to the B1G Championship game by winning their last nine games of the season. It is not a surprise to Buckeye fans that the strength of Dantonio's team is its defense. Dantonio was defensive coordinator for Ohio State when the Buckeyes won the National Championship in 2002. This year his Michigan State defense is ranked as the best in the country against the run and in total defense. This game will be a great test to see how good Ohio State's offense really is.

The Spartans' defense is led by senior linebackers Denicos Allen and Max Bullough. For the season Allen has 59.5 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Against Minnesota he tallied 8 tackles and 2 tackles for loss.

Bullough has 48.5 tackles and 9 tackles for loss this season and he had 5.5 tackles and a tackle for loss against the Golden Gophers.

Michigan State's offense does not get much respect. Like Dantonio, Michigan State's offensive coordinator is well known to Ohio State fans. Jim Bollman's offense averages just over 29 points per game and is 47th in the nation in rushing. Sophomore quarterback Connor Cook does what is needed in a Bollman offense...protect the ball. This season Cook has completed .582 of his passes, he has thrown 17 touchdowns and has only been intercepted 4 times. His 17:4 touchdown to interception ratio has the Walrus smiling from tusk to tusk.

When Cook throws the ball his main target is senior receiver Bennie Fowler. For his career Fowler has gained 1,215 yards receiving, caught 11 touchdowns and averages 13.8 yards per reception. However, this is a Bollman offense and the key player is the running back. Jeremy Langford rushed for 134 yards (6.4 ypc) and scored a touchdown against Minnesota last week.

Perhaps the Tressel years have ingrained this in me, but I believe that defense wins championships. Michigan State has a great defense. However, watching Ohio State's offense this year I am beginning to believe that the Buckeyes might just be able to outscore any opponent. Hopefully Ohio State will finish the last two games of the season with a dominant offense AND defense.
Today's Trivia Questions:
Ohio State and Michigan State enter this game undefeated in the B1G. Counting this season, how many times have two Big Ten teams finished the regular season with undefeated Big Ten records since 1943?

With Hyde and Miller so close to 3,000 rushing yards, how many Ohio State players have gained 3,000 or more rushing yards?

Ohio State has the nation's longest active winning streak. What team has the second longest winning streak?                         

Answers at the bottom of today's article.

(12-0)                                  (11-1)
Buffalo       40-20               Western Michigan     26-13
SDSU          42-7                 South Florida             21-6
at Cal          52-34               Youngstown State    55-17 

FAMU          76-0                at Notre Dame             13-17
Wisc.           31-24              Bye
at NU          40-30               at Iowa                      26-14
Bye                                     Indiana                      42-28
Iowa           34-24              Purdue                        14-0
PSU             63-14              at Ilinois                     42-3
at Purdue   56-0                That Team                  29-6

Bye                                    Bye                              
at Illinois    60-35              at Nebraska               41-28                   
Indiana       42-14              at Northwestern       30-6  
That Team  42-41              Minnesota                  14-3

Total          578-243         Total                            353-141
Avg            48-20             Avg                               29-12

The Series:
Ohio State Leads 28-13              
Last Ten: 8-2       
Last Ten Away: 8-2         
All-Time Away: 14-5               
Last Ten Home: 7-3          
All-Time Home: 14-8             
Ohio State has outscored Michigan State 265-159 in the last ten games.

2013 Stats

48.2 (3rd)            Points For                29.4 (63rd) 
20.3 (18th)           Points Against          11.8 (4th)  

321.3 (2nd)         Rushing Offense       186.2 (47th)
209.3 (83rd)       Passing Offense         194.0 (95th)
530.6 (6th)        Total Offense             380.2 (84th)

100.0 (6th)          Rushing Defense        64.8 (1st) )
255.8 (98th)        Pass Defense            172.9 (9th)
355.8 (30th)        Total Defense           237.7 (1st)   

                          Offense Misc.    
.521 (9th)          3rd Down Conv.       .460 (28th)
.946 (4th)          Red Zone                .800 (78th)
8.7 (56th)            Punt Return            9.9 (43rd)
22.9 (38th)        Kickoff Return          18.4 (111th)     

                          Defense Misc.
.345 (25th)         3rd Down Conv.        .287 (1st)       
.789 (35th)         Red Zone                 .739 (18th)  
128.4 (49th)       Pass Eff. Def.             91.8 (1st)        
39.8 (13th)       Net Punting              38.5 (29th)        

Total: 8             THE EDGE                Total: 8

2013 Individual Stats


QB Connor Cook (So): 177/304 (.582), 2,119 yards, 17 TDs, 4 INTs

Last Game: 10/20 (.500), 143 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Career: 186/321 (.579), 2,213 yards, 18 TDs, 5 INTs                                              


RB Jeremy Langford (Jr): 1,210 yards, 4.9 ypc, 16 TDs

Last Game: 134 yards, 6.4 ypc, 1 TD                               

Career: 1,233 yards, 4.9 ypc, 16 TDs                          


WR Bennie Fowler (Sr): 496 yards, 16.0 ypr, 6 TDs

Last Game: 15 yards, 15.0 ypr,        

Career: 1,215 yards, 13.8 ypr, 11 TDs


Denicos Allen (Sr): 59.5 tackles, 15 tackle for loss, 5.5 sacks                                                             

Last Game: 8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks                                                                                      

Career: 197.5 tackles, 44.5 tackle for loss, 19.5 sacks                                                             

2013 Individual Stats


QB Braxton Miller (Jr): 138/210 (.657), 1,759 yards, 21 TDs, 5 INTs

Last Game: 6/15 (.400), 133 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT

Career: 371/621 (.597), 4,957 yards, 49 TDs, 15 INTs


RB Carlos Hyde (Sr): 1,290 yards, 7.8 ypc, 14 TDs

Last Game: 226 yards, 8.4 ypc, 1 TDs

Career: 2,967 yards, 6.2 ypc, 36 TDs

QB Braxton Miller (Jr): 891 yards, 6.8 ypc, 8 TDs

Last Game: 153 yards, 9.6 ypc, 3 TDs

Career: 2,877, 5.5 ypc, 28 TDs


WR Devin Smith (Jr): 644 yards, 15.7 ypr, 8  TDs

Last Game: 53 yards, 53.0 ypr, 1 TD

Career: 1,556 yards, 18.3 ypr, 18 TDs


Ryan Shazier (Jr): 103 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 6.0 sacks                                                                                      

Last Game: 10.5 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks                                          

Career:  243.5 tackles, 43 tackles for loss, 14 sacks                                                                                          



Urban Meyer
24-0 at Ohio State, 128-23 overall

Meyer is 9-2 in December and January games.                                                     

Mark Dantonio
62-29 at Michigan State, 80-46 overall and 1-5 overall      


"Ohio State is not allowed to be that good on offense. Make 'em play with 8 to make it fair." 

2013 Freshmen Legs Fists:
For the season Dontre "Uh-Oh" Wilson has gained 869 all-purpose yards and 3 touchdowns. Here is the breakdown of those 600 yards: 226 yards rushing (8.1 ypc), 215 yards receiving (10.2 ypr) and 428 yards on 17 kickoff returns (25.2 ypr).
Against That Team Wilson had one kickoff return for 16 yards before getting ejected for fighting.

For the season Ezekiel Elliott has averaged 8.7 ypc, gained 262 rushing yards, 2 rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown.


Cliff Clavin's Little Known Facts Corner:

This year's team is 344 rushing yards short of breaking the school record of 3,855 rushing yards set by the 1973 team.

Carlos Hyde is 33 rushing yards away from passing Carlos Snow (7th) and 110 yards from passing Pepe Pearson (6th) on Ohio State's all-time rushing list.

The Buckeyes have scored at least 40 points in 10 of the 12 games this season (Wisconsin 31, Iowa 34).

220-52, the margin Ohio State is outscoring teams in the first quarter.

The 2013 Buckeyes have 7 of the top 10 and 4 of the top 5 rushing averages per game in school history.

Braxton Miller has had ten games of 300 or more yards of total offense.

Ohio State has been ranked for 24 straight weeks in the AP Top 10.   

Ohio State's defense has not allowed an opposing player to rush for 100 yards.

The Ohio State defense has gone two games without an interception after starting the season with at least one interception in each of the first ten games.

Time for a return? The Buckeyes have not returned a kickoff or punt for a touchdown this season. Ohio State has had at least one return in 10 straight years.

Falling off the Cliff:
Facts and stats that were in Cliff's Corner last week that are now busted.

Cliff busted nothing last week.

Today's Trivia Questions:

Ohio State and Michigan State enter this game undefeated in the B1G. Counting this season, how many times have two Big Ten teams finished the regular season with undefeated Big Ten records since 1943?

Answer: Twice.

With Hyde and Miller so close to 3,000 rushing yards, how many Ohio State players have gained 3,000 or more rushing yards?

Answer: Six. Hopefully eight after Saturday.

Ohio State has the nation's longest active winning streak. What team has the second longest winning streak? 

Answer: Florida State with 14 straight wins.

Next articles:
The Series History: Wednesday evening
The Ohio State Effect: Sunday or Monday evening

Gifs came from here and here.



GoBucks10's picture

Awesome work again.  Nice to get back home from the office and flip on the interwebs to see this article.  Go Buckeyes!

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Kevbo714's picture

These always help pass the time from Saturday to Saturday and get me more fired up for the next game... thanks, Remy

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Doc's picture

Again thanks for these Remy.  Love seeing all the stats.

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danmas's picture

Remy, didn't Iowa/OSU go undefeated in Big Ten play in 2002 and UM/OSU also in 1973... both had ties so were undefeated... perhaps it should say "perfect Big Ten records".  So that makes three times it happened?

MN Buckeye's picture

Great gifs, stats, and narrative, Remy! Love it when Bollman gets excited.

Buckeye_Ryan's picture

Remy - you're awesome.

Born a Buckeye, raised a Buckeye, will die a Buckeye.

TennesseeBuckeye's picture

Great stuff as usual
Bucks when they beat scUM are 15-4 (0.789) vs MSU when they play MSU in same year.

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Buckeye419er's picture

Have my children.. no seriously... take them. 

Nutbuck1959's picture

Nice Remy.  Good info.

bucknutjeff's picture

Although the Bucks haven't "officially" had an interception the last two games, the Tyvis Powell INT on the 2 pt conversion will be remembered as one of the most important "interceptions" in the history of "The Game"!

oldbuckeyedave's picture

when Ohio state wins saturday they will win more than a game against sparty. they will win the big ten outright. they will have a win over the talking heads who said it couldn't be done. they will have a win over the espn network who has led the charge against OSU. they will have a win against the big ten network that has went out of its way to tamp down the enthusiasm for OSU . they will have a win against the blogger/haters who said it couldn't be done. they will have a win against the sec who talked like the bcs national championship game was their birthright. they will have a win for urban meyer who should have got big coach of the year as well national coach of the year. they will have a win for us fans.


hansman's picture

All true, but to really get that monkey off our back we need one more win after this one! One at a time though! Beat Sparty!

Buckabroad's picture

Well done, Remy. Keep 'em coming!

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

dwcbuckeye's picture

Always look forward to this.
My take:  No nerves or anxiety for me for this game.  I think we match up very well against the Spartans.  Hyde is a grown ass man.  I am optimistic he will do well against Sunday's best next year.  He is playing against 19-22 year old kids.  Come on, they are not going to stop him from getting 100+ yards.  The two keys to the game for me (given that Hyde's performance I consider a given)
1) Spartan offense is inconsistent, sometimes below average and sometimes not too bad.  We can't have a breakout game from them tomorrow, nothing like what TUN did
2) Brax needs to be sharp, 60-70%+ accuracy to give the running game it's best shot.
Those two things happen and I like our chances
34-14 Bucks
p.s. no turnovers would be a big plus too