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Through 10 Games: Highest Scoring Ohio State Teams

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November 21, 2019 at 6:20am
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Earlier this year, Eleven Warriors took a closer look at Ryan Day's first eight games as Ohio State's head coach and it turns out he's pretty good. 

As Day marches his way up the consecutive wins column, he is also taking aim at Ohio State's scoring records. After ten games, let's take a look at how the 2019 squad's scoring stacks up against the other 129 teams in program history.

Here's a look at Ohio State's top five scoring teams through ten games.

No. 5 – 2017

2017 AFTER 10 GAMES
POINTS SCORED 442
POINTS ALLOWED 204
AVERAGE SCORE 44-20
POINT DIFFERENTIAL +238
RECORD 8–2

Not a surprise that Ohio State scored a boatload of points during Barrett's final season. Unfortunately, the team did not score more than the 31 Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma laid on them in the second game of the season. Despite only scoring 16 points against the Sooners, the Buckeyes were able to put up 356 against its nine other opponents. Beating UNLV, Rutgers, Maryland and Nebraska by an average score of 57-12 definitely helped the 2017 squad make this countdown. 

After an ass-whooping by Iowa, Ohio State won its last five games. Highlights were the 31-20 victory in Ann Arbor and the 24-7 Cotton Bowl win over No. 8 USC.

No. 4 – 2014

2014 AFTER 10 GAMES
POINTS SCORED 445
POINTS ALLOWED 220
AVERAGE SCORE 45-22
POINT DIFFERENTIAL +225
RECORD 9–1

The 125th team in school history comes in at number four on the countdown. Despite losing Braxton Miller 12 days before the season opener, this team was able to make an improbable championship run.

Before getting to the dramatic three-game run for the ages, it is easy to forget that the '14 team was putting up impressive offensive numbers. Following the Week 2 loss to Virginia Tech, the Buckeyes went on a four-game stretch of scoring 66, 50, 52 and 56 points. After edging Penn State in double overtime, the team was back to its high-scoring ways and finished the regular season with a 42-28 victory over Michigan.

J.T. Barrett broke his leg in The Game and Cardale Jones was called upon to lead the team against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. The team responded with 59-0, a march through the heart of the south and duck plucking to win the national championship. 

No. 3 – 2016

2016 AFTER 10 GAMES
POINTS SCORED 465
POINTS ALLOWED 127
AVERAGE SCORE 47-13
POINT DIFFERENTIAL +338
RECORD 9–1

Urban Meyer's fifth team comes in at number five on the countdown. J.T. Barrett was back for what felt like his 20th year as the Buckeyes' starting quarterback and accounted for seven touchdowns as Ohio State rolled Bowling Green 77-10 in the season opener.

The Buckeyes looked unbeatable as they scored 45 or more points in four of the first six games. Then Ohio State laid an egg against unranked Penn State in the seventh game. The 24-21 loss kept the Buckeyes out of the Big Ten Championship Game, but the team was able to backdoor its way into the College Football Playoff. Let's not talk about what happened against Clemson on that New Year's Eve. 

No. 2 – 2013

2013 AFTER 10 GAMES
POINTS SCORED 494
POINTS ALLOWED 188
AVERAGE SCORE 49-19
POINT DIFFERENTIAL +306
RECORD 10–0

Meyer's second team checks in at the two-spot on this countdown. Following the 10th game of the season, the 2013 Buckeyes were coming off of a 65-35 win over Illiniois and were riding a 22-game winning streak.

With Indiana and Michigan remaining on the regular season schedule, hopes were justifiably high that this team was going to get a shot at playing in the BCS National Championship game. Unfortunately, the team forgot to give the damn ball to Hyde on a 4th and 2 and Michigan State pulled off the improbable upset. The 24 game winning streak and national title dreams were done. The season ended on a down note as Clemson beat the Buckeyes 40-35 in the Orange Bowl and Ohio State had its first, and only, two-game losing streak with Urban Meyer as head coach. 

No. 1 – 2019

2019 AFTER 10 GAMES
POINTS SCORED 515
POINTS ALLOWED 98
AVERAGE SCORE 52-10
POINT DIFFERENTIAL +417
RECORD 10–0

Day gave Buckeye fans a glimpse of his offensive prowess when he was Ohio State's interim coach for the first three games of last season. He has exceeded expectations by defeating every opposing team this year by 24 or more points. No other Ohio State coach has put on a more dominating 10-game winning streak.   

As impressive as the offense has been, the defense is sometimes overlooked. The Silver Bullets have only allowed 11 touchdowns and 98 points through 10 games. With the explosive offense and suffocating defense, the '19 team is plus 417 in scoring differential. Yes, that is also the program record through 10 games.

In the end, the team is only as good as its next game. For all of the impressive stats listed above, we all know that scoring one more point than Penn State is the only number that matters. However, Day and the Buckeyes are making all of us to expect that winning number to be at least 24...no matter who they are playing.

For those of you that like cold hard stats:

Ohio State's Top Scoring Teams Through Ten Games
RANK SEASON PTS. SCORED PTS. ALLOWED DIFFERENCE
1 2019 515 98 +417
2 2013 494 188 +306
3 2016 465 127 +338
4 2014 445 220 +225
5 2017 442 204 +238
         
6 1996 426 101 +325
7 2010 416 136 +280
8 1974 408 101 +307
9 2018 406 220 +186
10 2012 399 239 +160
Top 10 Point Differential Teams Through 10 Games
RANK SEASON DIFFERENCE
1 2019 +417
2 2016 +338
3 1973 +328
4 1996 +325
5 1974 +307
     
6 2013 +306
7 1969 +290
8 1975 +288
9 1917 +286
10 2010 +280

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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