Big Ten Championship Game: By the numbers
The third Big Ten Championship Game is shaping up to be the biggest yet as it will match two top 10 teams that have not lost to a conference foe this season.
The zeroes in the loss column for Ohio State and Michigan State are not the only interesting numbers involved in this contest, though, and we take a look at 10 here.
This came will feature a lot of No. 1s, as in categories Ohio State or Michigan State led the Big Ten during conference play. The Buckeyes were No. 1 in scoring offense, total offense, rushing offense, passing efficiency, sacks, first downs and third-down conversions. Michigan State was No. 1 in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense, defensive pass efficiency, interceptions, turnover margin and red zone defense.
Per the MSU sports information department, Ohio State and Michigan State are the top two in the Big Ten in overall wins (42 and 40) during the past three seasons and lead the Big Ten in conference wins (40 and 35, respectively) since 2008.
There will be lots of top 10 nationally-ranked units in this game. Ohio State is sixth nationally in total offense (530.5 yards per game), second in rushing (321.3 ypg.), seventh in passing efficiency (164.0), third in scoring (48.2 points per game), fourth in red zone offense and ninth in first downs. Defensively, the Buckeyes are fifth against the run (100.0 ypg.). Michigan State is No. 1 nationally in total defense (237.7 ypg.), rushing defense (64.8 ypg.) and passing efficiency defense (91.79). The Spartans are fourth in scoring defense (11.8 ppg.), second in third-down defense (28.7 percent) and sixth in time of possession (33:32).
Including a win over Arkansas in 2011 Sugar Bowl that was later vacated, Ohio State has 15 wins and five losses playing indoors.
Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier led the Big Ten in tackles for loss during the regular season with 21.
Ohio State has won a program-record 24 games in a row.
Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde needs 33 yards to reach 3,000 for his career. Hyde led the Big Ten in rushing during Big Ten play at 156.1 yards per game. Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford was third with 117.8 yards per game.
Quarterback Braxton Miller needs 166 total yards to reach 8,000 for his Ohio State career. The Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year led the Big Ten at 295.0 yards per game in conference play.
Miller and Hyde have combined for 1,070 rushing yards in the past three games.
With 6,366, Ohio State has already broken the school record for total yards set in 1995 (6,222).