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Sunday Number Crunching – The Team
By Tony Gerdeman

One of my Sunday rituals is looking through the college football stats for any meaningful nuggets. Following a game against Florida A&M, you can imagine that some of those statistics look a bit more notable, though not necessarily more meaningful. Here is what stood out this week with the Buckeyes as a team.

… The 76 points against Florida A&M tied for the sixth-highest total in program history and are the most since an 83-21 victory against Iowa in 1950. The last time Ohio State had more than 70 points was vs. Pitt (72-0) in 1996.

… The 76-point win ties for the fifth-greatest in school history, matching a 76-0 win at Western Reserve in 1934. It was the largest margin of victory since defeating Drake, 85-7, in 1935.

… The 34 points scored against FAMU in the first quarter marked the most by an Urban Meyer-coached team (31 points, 9/26/09 at Kentucky).

… Meyer's teams are 19-0 since 2005 when blocking a punt.

… Ohio State is leading the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 52.5 points per game. Wisconsin is leading the Big Ten in scoring defense, allowing just 10.5 points per game. They have given up just five touchdowns in four games this season. Ohio State has scored 29 touchdowns this season.

… The Buckeyes are currently fourth in the nation in scoring. Baylor leads the nation with 69.7 points per game. That is not a misprint.

… Ohio State and Baylor lead the nation with 29 touchdowns scored this season. (Oh, and Baylor has done it in just 3 games.)

… The Buckeyes are allowing 15.2 points per game, which is fourth in the conference. They and Minnesota have allowed a Big Ten-low two field goals, which is as meaningless as it sounds.

… Ohio State is third in the conference in total offense, averaging 529.0 yards per game. Wisconsin is first, averaging 547.8 yards per game. Michigan is ninth, with just 409.2 yards per game.

… The Badgers are averaging 8.0 yards per play, which is tops in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are third at 6.9 yards per play.

… Ohio State is third in the conference in total defense, allowing 280.2 yards per game.

… The Buckeyes are averaging 311.0 yards rushing per game, which is second in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin's 349.8. Ohio State is sixth in the nation and the Badgers are third.

… Ohio State is averaging 6.7 yards per rush, the Badgers are averaging 8.0 yards per rush. Those are the two best numbers in the conference. Wisconsin is second in the nation with that number and the Buckeyes are fourth.

… The Buckeyes are fourth in the Big Ten in rushing defense, allowing 79.8 yards per game. Michigan is third with 79.0 yards per game. The Wolverines are allowing 3.1 yards per carry while the Buckeyes are allowing just 2.6 yards per carry, however. Michigan and Iowa are the only two teams who have yet to allow a rushing touchdown. In fact, Michigan and Iowa are two of only three teams nationally who have yet to allow a rushing touchdown. The third team? Texas State.

… The Legends Division has thrown 20 interceptions this season. Michigan has accounted for nine of them. Western Kentucky is the only team in the nation who has thrown more interceptions than Michigan (10).

… Ohio State's completion percentage of 68.9% is third in the conference. Michigan State is completing just 51.9% of their passes. The Spartans have thrown just one interception this season, however, which means that they're even too inaccurate to throw interceptions. Oh, and that one interception was thrown by a wide receiver.

… Wisconsin is just one of three teams in the nation who have yet to allow a passing touchdown (Washington State, Oklahoma). Ohio State's 15 touchdown passes is first in the Big Ten and second in the nation (Louisville 16).

… The Buckeyes are leading the Big Ten in passing efficiency (167.0).

… Ohio State is one of just six teams who has yet to allow a punt return yet this season.

… The Buckeyes are second in the Big Ten with nine sacks (Indiana 10). Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska also have nine.

… The Buckeyes lead the nation in number of fourth-down conversions (10). Penn State and Mississippi State are second (7).

… Ohio State, Nebraska and Northwestern all lead the Big Ten in turnover margin (+1.00). Michigan is last with -1.25.

… Ohio State, Iowa and Minnesota lead the Big Ten in red zone defense, allowing a score just 66.7% of the time an opponent reaches the 20-yard line.

… The Buckeye defense is fifth in the nation in number of 20-yard plays allowed (6) and number of 30-yard plays allowed (2).

… Ohio State leads the Big Ten in touchdown percentage in the red zone (90.91%). They are second in the nation, having scored touchdowns on 20 of 22 trips. Oklahoma State leads the nation with 15-15 (100%) touchdowns.

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