High on the line again as Ohio State, Michigan meet in The Game

* The state of Ohio has one of the most common violations in college football. The Buckeyes are ranked #1 nationally in total offense (559.9 ypg), scoring (47.2 ppg), and touchdowns scored (67).

* OSU quarterback CJ Stroud, a six-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, is in the top five nationally in quarterback efficiency (second, 186.7), touchdown passes (fourth, 36), and yards per attempt (fourth, 10.0).

* Freshmen RB TreVeyon Henderson has scored 17 touchdowns. He has 14 rushing and three receiving touchdowns. He goes one touchdown shy of the OSU freshman record for touchdowns in this game.

Maurice Claretti set the record with 18 in 2002. Art Schlichter (1978) and Joel Payton (1977) each had 13, while JT Barrett had 11 in 2014. Henderson is two hasty touchdowns shy of Clarett’s record of 16 hasty touchdowns as an OSU freshman.

* Henderson moved above the 1,000-yard during the win over Purdue by rushing. In 11 games, he has 1,091 yards and 14 TDs on 149 carries (7.3 average). He is the fifth freshman in the state of Ohio to reach the 1000-meter mark.

The others were JK Dobbins (1,403 yards in 2017), Maurice Claretti (1237 meters in 2002), Robert Smith (1126 yards in 1990) and Mike Weber (1096 meters in 2016).

* WR Chris Olavez had two touchdown catches against Michigan State, earning him 13 touchdown catches this season and 35 touchdowns in his career. He broke the OSU career record of 34 by David Boston between 1996-98. He is four TD jokes away from tying Terry Glenn’s OSU single-season record of 17, set in 1995.

Olave also now has 169 catches and 2,623 yards in his career. He is third all-time in receptions and fifth in receiving yardage in school annals.

* WRs Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Garrett Wilson and Olave are second, fourth, and sixth, respectively, in the Big Ten in terms of receiving yards per game. Olave is second nationally with 13 TD receipts, while Wilson is sixth with 11.

And then there’s this: Smith-Njigba, Wilson and Olave are respectively third, fourth and fifth in the Big Ten in receipts per game.

* Four Buckeyes are from the state of Michigan: RS Fr. DB Cameron Martinez (Muskegon), Rev. RB Cayden Saunders (Northville), GR LS Bradley Robinson (Troy) and RS Fr. OL Grant Toutant.

* The Game matches two of the top three teams of all time in college football in wins and win rate. Michigan is the all-time first with 974 wins and third in winning percentage of 0.729. Ohio State is second all-time in wins with 941 and first all-time in winning percentage at .732.

* As of 2012, Ohio State has a 35-2 record in games played in November.

* Ohio State has a record of 82-5 vs. Big Ten teams. That includes a road record of 37-3. The losses were to Penn State in 2016, Iowa in 2017 and Purdue in 2018.

* Ohio State plays to reach 11-victory plateau for the ninth time in 10 years. It didn’t happen in the Covid shortened season last year, when OSU finished 7-1.

OSU reached its first season of 11 wins in 1975 with an 11-1 finish. It has since happened 18 times in the past 46 years.

* This is the 24e time the teams will meet as AP top 10 teams. OSU always has a 12-9-2 lead in those games.

* Ohio State has already had at least one tie for the Big Ten Eastern Division Championship. The Big Ten moved to the division in 2011. With the Eastern Division title this season, Ohio State has won or shared division championships in each of the last 10 seasons (since 2012).

But it will be the winner of this match who will represent the East in next week’s Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis. OSU is playing for its seventh Big Ten title game appearance and fifth in a row. Michigan has previously won a division title, but has never been to the Big Ten championship game.

Tires included, here are the leaders in Big Ten division titles: Ohio State, 10 (including this year); Wisconsin, six; Michigan State, three; Northwest, two; Michigan, Minnesota, Penn State, Iowa, and Nebraska, one each.

Michigan leads the way with 42 all-time Big Ten championships. OSU is second with 40 (including the 2010 title vacated by NCAA sanctions).

Ohio State took the all-time lead in regular-season Big Ten wins with a 2018 win over Michigan. OSU now has 534 regular season Big Ten wins to 526 for Michigan.

* The East Division opponent in the Big Ten Championship game is still in doubt. No. 14 Wisconsin (8-3, 6-2) can take the West Division title on Saturday with a win over Minnesota (7-4, 5-3). Wisconsin also gets that spot with losses and losses to Iowa and Purdue. That match is at 4 p.m. and is carried by FOX.

No. 16 Iowa (9-2, 6-2) can go to Indy if the Hawkeyes beat Nebraska on Friday and Wisconsin on Saturday. The Iowa-Nebraska arrived Friday at 1:30 p.m. and is carried by the Big Ten Network.

Minnesota can still take the spot with a win over Wisconsin and Iowa’s loss to Nebraska on Friday. Purdue (7-4, 5-3) can still take the division title with a win over Indiana and losses by Iowa and Wisconsin, but the tiebreakers keep Purdue from reaching Indy.

* Including wins in the 2018, 2019, and 2020 Big Ten Championship games, Ohio State has won its last 29 games against conference opponents. That includes a current mark of 26 consecutive regular-season Big Ten wins. That is the longest streak of the Big Ten’s regular season since the Buckeyes won 30 consecutive games between 2012-15. OSU also boasts of a country’s best winning streak of 14 games in a row.

All three of those streaks date from a loss at Purdue midway through the 2018 season.

In more than three seasons under Ryan day, OSU is 25-0 against Big Ten opponents and has a 23-0 record in games of the conference regular season.

* In more than three years under Ryan dayOhio State is 12-3 against AP top 25 opponents. These are per season:

2018 (1-0) – Defeated No. 15 TCU 40-28 (Day was the acting head coach of OSU)

2019 (5-1) – Defeated No. 25 Michigan State 34-10, No. 13 Wisconsin 38-7, No. 9 Penn State 28-17, No. 10 Michigan 56-27 and No. 10 Wisconsin 34-21; lost to No. 3 Clemson 29-23.

2020 (4-1) – Defeated No. 18 Penn State 38-25, No. 9 Indiana 42-35, No. 15 Northwestern 22-10 and No. 2 Clemson 49-28; lost to No. 1 Alabama 52-24.

2021 (2-1) – Lost to No. 12 Oregon 35-28; defeated No. 20 Penn State 33-24; defeated No. 7 Michigan State 56-7. (Note: Purdue was at 19e in the CFB Playoff rankings, but was not in the AP top 25.)

* Ohio State has an NCAA record run of 21 consecutive wins over conference ranked opponents (Big Ten). That streak dates back to a 2015 loss to the state of Michigan. That streak includes 12 wins over Big Ten teams that are in the top 10 nationally.

* Records against ranked opponents: when Ohio State is in the top 10, 405-88-9; when Ohio State is ranked against opponents, 538-148-14; when both teams are ranked, 149-93-10; when the opponent is in the top 10, 87-58-8; when the opponent is ranked against Ohio State, 158-128-12.

* Ohio State is 36-8 against AP top 25 ranked teams in the last 10 seasons (since 2012). Ohio State is 20-8 against AP top 10 ranked teams in the last 10 seasons.

* Michigan is 1-1 against ranked opponents this season with a loss to No. 8 Michigan State (37-33) and a win to No. 23 Penn State (21-17).

In seven seasons under Jim HarbaughMichigan is 12-17 against ranked teams. That includes a score of 2-13 against top-10 teams. The only wins against the top-10 team were against then-No. 8 Wisconsin in 2017 (14-7) and then No. 8 Notre Dame in 2019 (45-14).

* Ohio State plays on an ESPN College GameDay site for the 52nd time, the largest of any program in the country. The Buckeyes are 36-15 all-time in “GameDay” games, including a home win over Michigan state last week.

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