Statistical Profile: Ohio State

Statistical Profile: Ohio State

When you look at Ohio State in 2013 and get a feel for how the Buckeyes like to play -- and for how they fare in certain kinds of game scenarios -- you'll notice that Urban Meyer's team is able to dictate the style of a game and its contours more than most members of the Football Bowl Subdivision. No Braxton Miller might change this equation, and that's part of the drama of Saturday's contest.


THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES: A NUMERICAL PERSPECTIVE

So many words have been spilled about the Ohio State Buckeyes. Among all the teams in major college football, a team coached by Urban Meyer gets a very large share of national ink and overall publicity. Yet, amidst the frenzy to write about the Buckeyes, there’s also a very real need to do more to capture the essence of this program in the realm of numbers. That’s what we’ll try to provide here: a glimpse into the 2013 identity of a team that very nearly played for the BCS national title. As mentioned above in the introduction, the absence of Braxton Miller could change the way Ohio State plays, making Saturday’s season opener that much more intriguing.

SITUATIONAL WIN-LOSS RECORDS IN 2013 (FBS ONLY).

Record when having more first downs than an opponent: 8-0.

Fewer: 3-1

Record when having more yards than an opponent: 9-0.

Fewer: 2-1.

Record when having more rushing yards than an opponent: 11-1.

Fewer: No games played with fewer rushing yards, a stat Navy should take notice of.

Record when having more passing yards than an opponent: 3-0.

Fewer: 8-1.

Record when having more penalties than an opponent: 5-1.

Fewer: 4-0.

Statistical tie in this category (zero differential): 2-0.

Record when having more turnovers than an opponent: 4-0.

Fewer: 7-1.

Statistical tie: 1-1.

Record when having more time of possession than an opponent: 7-0.

Less time of possession: 4-1.

BALL SECURITY AND FUMBLE LUCK.

Fumbles in 2013: 18.

Fumbles lost: 10.

Interceptions thrown: 9.

TAKEAWAYS ON DEFENSE

Defensive fumbles recovered: 8 recoveries of 17 fumbles by opponents.

Interceptions made: 16.

DRIVE STARTS IN AN OPPONENT’S TERRITORY.

Drives starting in an opponent’s half of the field (including the 50-yard line): 22.

Conference rank (Big Ten) in number of drive starts in an opponent’s half of the field: tied for second out of 12 teams.

Points scored on these drives, assuming seven points for all touchdowns, regardless of PAT or conversion outcomes: 136 – 19 touchdowns, 1 field goal.

Territorial breakdown of drives and outcomes: 10 drives from the 50 to the opponent’s 36 – 8 touchdowns and 1 field goal; 7 drives from the 35 to the 21 – 6 touchdowns; 5 possessions starting in the red zone – 5 touchdowns.

Conference rank (Big Ten) in number of points scored on drives starting in an opponent’s half of the field: first. As an added note, the Buckeyes ranked third among power-five conference teams in this category last year, finishing behind only Florida State (159 points) and UCLA (145).

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