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The Buckeyes take on Northwestern for the conference title.

Northwestern v Ohio State Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

#6 Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1; 8-1 Big Ten East) vs #21 Northwestern Wildcats (8-4; 8-1 Big Ten West)

8:00 p.m. ET, December 1, 2018--FOX

Lucas Oil Stadium (Capacity: 67,455 / Indianapolis, IN)

Tableizer using codebeautify.org
Ohio State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Northwestern Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 181.4 (56) 134.7 (32) Rushing Defense (ypg) Push
Passing Offense (ypg) 362.5 (2) 238.0 (79) Passing Defense (ypg)
Pass Efficiency 171.90 (5) 126.52 (53) Pass Efficiency Defense
Total Offense (ypg) 543.9 (2) 372.7 (48) Total Defense (ypg)
Scoring Offense (ppg) 43.3 (7) 21.7 (T - 29) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 161.3 (62) 114.8 (119) Rushing Offense (ypg)
Passing Defense (ypg) 237.6 (77) 237.0 (T - 61) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 123.92 (47) 116.76 (113) Pass Efficiency
Total Defense (ypg) 398.8 (67) 351.8 (110) Total Offense (ypg)
Scoring Defense (ppg) 25.8 (57) 23.7 (107) Scoring Offense (ppg)
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 3.78 (13) 6.30 (95) Punt Return Yds
Punt Return Yds 8.28 (72) 7.25 (51) Punt Return Defense (ypr) Push
Net Punting Yds 41.65 (7) 37.65 (60) Net Punting Yds
Kickoff Return Yds 17.5 (114) 19.33 (37)) Kickoff Return Defense Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium
Kickoff Return Defense 15.23 (3) 22.25 (37) Kickoff Return Yds >
Turnover Margin +0.42 (T - 35) +.25 (T - 44) Turnover Margin Push
Passes Had Intercepted 7 (T - 30) 9 (T - 68) Passes Intercepted
Passes Intercepted 9 (T - 68) 13 (T - 101) Passes Had Intercepted
Penalty Yds/Game 76.0 (125) 26.67 (1) Penalty Yds/Game Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium
Sacks 2.83 (T - 21) 2.42 (T - 82) Sacks Allowed
Sacks Allowed 1.33 (T - 23) 1.42 (113) Sacks
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 7.10 (T - 30) 5.42 (T - 41) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) Push
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 4.67 (T - 17) 5.3 (T - 93) Tackles for Loss (tpg)
Redzone Offense (%) 76.7% (117) 82.9% (T - 64) Redzone Defense (%) Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium
Redzone Defense (%) 88.9% (T - 104) 82.5% (T - 77) Redzone Offense (%) Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium
Redzone TD % 60.00% 45.71% Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 66.673% 62.502% Redzone TD % Push
3rd Down Conv. % 47.4% (14) 34.7% (31) 3rd Down Defense % Push
3rd Down Defense % 31.2% (10) 40.4% (57) 3rd Down Conv. %
4th Down Conv. % 63.2% (24) 33.3% (8) 4th Down Defense % Push
4th Down Defense % 53.3% (T - 73) 42.9% (T - 106) 4th Down Conv. %
1st Downs 350 (1) 227 (T - 411) 1st Downs Allowed
1st Downs Allowed 235 (T - 52) 249 (T - 68) 1st Downs Push
Time of Possession 32 (24) 30 (56) Time of Possession
Strength of Schedule 46 24 Strength of Schedule Push

Difference >25 in National Rank = new PSU logo

Difference >50 in National Rank = new PSU logonew PSU logo

Difference >75 in National Rank = new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo

Difference >100 in National Rank =new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo

Note:

All of the above rankings are taken directly from the NCAA except for strength of schedule, which is not ranked by the NCAA and instead taken from S&P+.

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:

Maybe Northwestern can play the majority of the game in the redzones (either one) in order to keep it close?

Nah, this one’ll be a blowout. Last week Dwayne Haskins and OSU had their most complete game of the season - and it was against one of the best teams in college football. The question on this game is, will the Buckeyes win by enough to vault over Oklahoma to secure a spot in the playoffs?

What say you all?