Just the Stats: B1G Championship Game

Mark A. Cunningham

NOTE: This Space Reserved, Saturday, December 5, 2015.

In the meantime, this matchup is undoubtedly the best in the short life of the Big Ten Championship game. Let's get down to the numbers, shall we?

#10 Michigan St. Spartans (11-1; 8-0 Big Ten) vs # 2 Ohio St. Buckeyes (12-0; 8-0 Big Ten)

8:17 p.m. ET, December 7, 2013--FOX
Lucas Oil Stadium (Capacity: 67,455
/ Indianapolis, IN)

Michigan State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Ohio State Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 186.2 (47) 100.0 (5)
Rushing Defense (ypg) Ohio-State-Logo.jpg
Passing Offense (ypg) 194.0 (94)
255.8 (98) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 126.26 (75) 128.37 (73)
Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 380.2 (84) 355.8 (30)
Total Defense (ypg) Ohio-State-Logo.jpgOhio-State-Logo.jpg
Scoring Offense (ppg) 29.4 (63) 20.3 (18) Scoring Defense (ppg) Ohio-State-Logo.jpg
Rushing Defense (ypg) 64.8 (1) 321.3 (2) Rushing Offense (ypg) Push
Passing Defense (ypg) 172.9 (9) 209.3 (83) Passing Offense (ypg) Michiganstatespartans3_mediumMichiganstatespartans3_medium
Pass Efficiency Defense 91.79 (1)
164.0 (7) Pass Efficiency Push
Total Defense (ypg) 237.7 (1) 530.5 (6) Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 11.8 (4)
48.2 (3) Scoring Offense (ppg) Push
Net Punting Yds 38.46 (29) 8.69 (56) Punt Return Yds Michiganstatespartans3_medium
Punt Return Yds 9.88 (43) 39.84 (13) Net Punting Yds Ohio-State-Logo.jpg
Kickoff Return Yds 18.4 (111)
17.93 (9) Kickoff Return Defense Ohio-State-Logo.jpgOhio-State-Logo.jpgOhio-State-Logo.jpgOhio-State-Logo.jpg
Kickoff Return Defense 20.76 (56) 22.92 (38)
Kickoff Return Yds Push
Turnover Margin +1.3 (5)
+.5 (T-28) Turnover Margin Push
Penalty Yds/Game 54.25 (92) 43.0 (46) Penalty Yds/Game Ohio-State-Logo.jpg
Sacks 2.42/gm (T-38)
1.25 (T-21)
Sacks Allowed Push
Sacks Allowed 1.0/gm (T-12)
3.25 (T-21)
Sacks Push
Redzone Offense (%) 80% (T-78)
78.9% (35)
Redzone Defense (%) Ohio-State-Logo.jpg
Redzone Defense (%) 73.9% (T-18)
94.6% (4)
Redzone Offense (%) Push
Redzone TD % 55.56% 65.79%
Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 43.48%
83.93%
Redzone TD % Michiganstatespartans3_medium
3rd Down Conv. % 46% (28)
34.5% (25)
3rd Down Defense % Push
3rd Down Defense % 28.7% (2)
52.1% (9) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 58.3% (T-31) 52.4% (T-66)
4th Down Defense % Michiganstatespartans3_medium
4th Down Defense % 40% (24)
66.7% (T-12)
4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 249 (63) 236 (47)
1st Downs Allowed Push
1st Downs Allowed 169 (T-2)
314 (9) 1st Downs Push
Time of Posession 33:32 (6)
31:38 (33)
Time of Posession Michiganstatespartans3_medium

Difference <25 in National Rank = Push

Difference >25 in National Rank = Psulogo_medium

Difference >50 in National Rank = Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium

Difference >75 in National Rank = Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium

Difference >100 in National Rank = Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium

Note: The Redzone TD% and Redzone TD% Defense are calculated by me and not ranked by the NCAA. Determining who has the advantage in these categories is strictly my arbitrary judgment.

Quick thoughts: You'd be hard pressed to find a more even match up.

The focus of this game, of course, will be MSU's vaunted defense against OSU's explosive offense--immovable object meets unstoppable force, indeed. But if the Buckeye defense can stop the Spartan offense, what happens then? How does that impact the game?

I'm actually more interested to see how special teams factors into this game. If this was a Tressel-Dantonio matchup, I'd expect a low-scoring, field-position battle. As it stands, though, I'm not so sure. MSU's D is certainly legit, but so is Braxton Miller. Either way, I'll be watching--and hoping for some great football on a big stage this week.

What say you guys? Will you be watching--and, if so, is there anything that could make you root at all for the Buckeyes?

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