Statistically, Ohio State is 42nd nationally against the run at 148 YPG, 12th in passing yards allowed at 183 YPG, and 18th in total defense at 331 YPG. We are 56th in red zone defense, 25th with 23 forced turnovers, and 30th in scoring defense at just under 23 PPG. These stats are through 11 games via the NCAA website. Yesterday's game with 372 total yards against will impact these ratings somewhat but probably not enough to take us out of the top 20 in total defense. I would say that if we were told OSU would statistically be a top 20 defense nationally in September that we all would have been happy.
But I will grant one thing, this defense does not seem to be that good especially when I look at the way the defense is trending recently: over 500 yards to MSU, almost 400 yards at home to IU, and 372 at home to a team that previously did not look that good offensively for most of the season. That is 3 of the last 4 games folks and it scares me as we approach the B1G championship game next week. Maybe it won't play out negatively, but I think that most of us have to be nervous if we are honest, regardless of where we rank statistically on defense.
So what do we conclude? If Wisconsin puts up big numbers against us next week, I will conclude definitively we still have an issue. And I think that will be a relatively fair conclusion. Further, we have to keep the ball out of their hands if we have any chance of winning.