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Illinois-Ohio State: Statistical head-to-head preview

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A statistical look at just about every facet of Saturday afternoon's Illinois-Ohio State football game.

Run, Nathan. Run.
Run, Nathan. Run.
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Ohio State has their eyes firmly squared on moving to 10-0 on the season. Standing in their way are long time obstacle (and "rival", given that they exchange a giant wooden turtle to the winners in the series), the University of Illinois. The Illini have had a rough first year under former Toledo head man Tim Beckman, but a win over Ohio State could take Beckman's already successful 2013 recruiting and jump start the rebuilding process into overdrive.

In order to better get a feel for how these two teams matchup on paper, we put together a list of the most pertinent stats that help make things a bit clearer. A few quick observations:

  • Illinois' offensive line is every bit as bad as advertised.
  • Ohio State's secondary is roughly the same.
  • Ohio State's defense overall isn't as bad as folks thought it was a few weeks back.
  • Illinois' had a lot of practice punting (and are very good at it in lieu there of).
  • Ohio State's o-line isn't as faith instilling as our eyes had led us to believe.

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Advantage Conf National Actual Category Actual National Conf
Rank Rank Rank Rank
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11th 91st 132.5 Rushing Offense 247.9 9th 2nd
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8th 104th 184.9 Passing Offense 183.9 105th 9th
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12th 110th 317.4 Total Offense 431.8 45th 3rd
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12th 118th 18.0 Scoring Offense 38.6 21st 2nd
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7th 57th 152.6 Rushing Defense 111.7 21st 3rd
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12th 109th 149.2 Pass Efficiency Defense 120.2 40th 7th
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8th 44th 213.3 Pass Defense 277.9 111th 12th
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8th 45th 365.9 Total Defense 389.6 60th 9th
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12th 88th 30.8 Scoring Defense 24.1 50th 8th
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9th 91st 12 Sacks 20 31st 3rd
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12th 103rd 37 Tackles for Loss 41 87th 9th
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11th 100th -6 Turnover Margin +1 53rd 6th
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12th 121st 1.77 Punt Returns 9.18 52nd 5th
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11th 120th 16.15 Kickoff Returns 20.48 82nd 7th
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1st 39th 42.35 Punting 39.38 101st 8th
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12th 111th 30 Sacks Allowed 18 81st 9th
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11th 102nd 34.96% 3rd Down Conversions 44.72% 38th 3rd
(H/T our friends at House of Sparky and Ralphie Report for the inspiration)