I am sure 99% of the country will focus on the fact that Ohio State gave up 17 points rather than the fact they should focus on. That fact is Ohio State completely shut down the Spartan offense.
The Spartans came into Ohio Stadium with the 15th ranked offense in the country with 467 yards per game. The Buckeyes allowed 185 yards. Michigan State also boasted the 9th best rushing attack in the country with 242 yards a game. The Buckeyes allowed 59 yards rushing. Now if you aren't impressed with those stats, this one may make you a believer. The Spartans came in with the 18th ranked scoring offense in the country with 37 points per game. The Ohio State defense allowed 3, yes 3, points.
Now in my last blog I said I didn't believe Ohio State was the top team in the country. Well, I retract that statement. Ohio State is the best team in the country.
I don't understand why people say that Ohio State hasn't played a good schedule. They don't give credit to a defense that is ranked #1. They really don't, and I can't find a reason why not.
Four teams Ohio State has played this year are in the top 30 total offense wise. Michigan State is 15th, Minnesota 18th, Northwestern 28th, and Purdue 20th.
I won't give you the stats in a list. I will just do the average for you. The average yards a game those four teams accumulate is 450 yards a game. Ohio State has given up an average of 214 yards per game.
If that doesn't make you throw up then this will. The average scoring for those four teams is 33 points a game. Ohio State's defense has given up 17 points total, or 4 points a game.
Looking at even more stats you see Ohio State's next four opponents (Penn St, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan) are ranked 38th, 60th, 64th, and 50th respectively in total offense.
Outside of Penn State, which ranks 7th in total defense, the numbers go Wisconsin 57th, Illinois 52nd, and Michigan 37th.
So with those numbers in perspective I think the only team that can even put up a decent game against Ohio State is Penn State.
But there are even doubts about that. Penn State maybe ranked 7th in total defense but look who they have played. Florida Intl (118th in total offense), Temple (98th), Notre Dame (119th), Buffalo (85th), Iowa (107th), Illinois (64th), Michigan (50th), and finally Indiana at 42. And to top it all off they have lost 2 games.
Ohio State is not just beating teams, they are obliterating them.
I made that statement last week without knowing the stats. Hopefully after reading this you will agree with me, if not look in the next couple of weeks. I maybe a Buckeye fan people, but stats don't lie.