October 4, 2022

No. 3 Buckeyes Open Road Schedule vs. Michigan State

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The 51st meeting between Ohio State and Michigan State will take place Saturday in East Lansing with a 4 p.m. ET kick from Spartan Stadium. ABC will broadcast nationally with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe on the call.

Notably, the Buckeyes are ranked in the national Top 5 – No. 3 in both major polls – for a fourth consecutive season coming into the Michigan State game.

THE BASICS


No. 3 Ohio State at Michigan State • Saturday, Oct. 8 • When: 4 p.m. ET • Where: Spartan Stadium • TV: ABC

Radio: 97.1 The Fan


QUICK HITTERS

  • Since scoring a Ryan Day-team low 21 points in a season-opening win against Notre Dame, Ohio State is averaging 55.7 points per game in its last four contests.
  • After a pair of close games in 2015 and 2016 – Michigan State won 17-14 in 2015 and Ohio State 17-16 in 2016 – the Buckeyes have averaged 43.2 points per game in the last five meetings.
  • Meanwhile, Ohio State’s defense has limited MSU to just 7.6 points per game.
  • However, eight of Michigan State’s 15 wins in this series have come over a nationally ranked Ohio State team, including five Spartan wins over a Top 5 Ohio State team.

BY THE NUMBERS

4th

Even after going against a Top 10 defense last week, Ohio State is still highly ranked – 4th – in fewest combined TFLs and QB sacks allowed with 18 (15 & 3, respectively). That’s No. 2 in the FBS (Florida – 15).

100.0

Ohio State’s is tied for No. 1 nationally with a 100 pct. red zone success rate (25 of 25). Ohio State leads with 23 red zone TDs and is one of only two (Oregon) with 10-plus rushing and passing red zone TDs.

18/20

Ohio State has scored TDs in 18 of 20 quarters in 2022 and in 12 consecutive quarters. Coach Ryan Day’s teams have had prior streaks of 19 (2019), 16 (2019-20) and 15 (2020) consecutive quarters with TDs.

3 & 10

 Ohio State is in the Top 10 nationally in both total offense – No. 3 at 529.6 yards per game – and total defense – No. 10 at 263.8 yards allowed. Alabama is the only other school Top 10 in both major categories. 

A TOP-10 TOTAL DEFENSE

  • Ohio State’s team defense is ranked among the nation’s Top 25 in three major statistical categories: total defense, scoring defense and passing yardage.
  • Included is a Top 10 – No. 10 – ranking in total defense.
  • Through five games last season, Ohio State ranked 42nd in scoring defense, 77th in rushing, 84th in total defense and 98th in passing yardage.
  • Ohio State’s two starting linebackers continue to lead the team in tackles.
  • Tommy Eichenberg has a team-high 42 tackles, including a team-best 5.5 TFLs.
  • Steele Chambers is next with 30 tackles and 4.0 TFLs which rank third-most on the team.

OHIO STATE: ONLY 300-200 TEAM

  • Ohio State is the only team in the nation averaging at least 300 yards per game passing and at least 200 yards per game rushing.
  • The Buckeyes’ No. 3 ranked total offense features passing and rushing per game averages of 303.4 and 226.2 yards per game, respectively. Those figures rank first and second in the Big Ten Conference, and 11th and 18th nationally.

ON THE GROUND & THROUGH THE AIR

  • With All-America candidate Jaxon Smith Njigba slowed by injury, Ohio State’s other WRs have gotten off to terrific starts.
  • Marvin Harrison (24-405) is 6th nationally with six TD receptions. Emeka Egbuka (30-512) is 13th nationally with five TD grabs, and he is 10th with 102.4 receiving yards per game.
  • Egbuka has at least one TD grab in four of five games this season.
  • And emerging Julian Fleming has 11 catches, 141 yards and 4 TDs in the last three games. He ranks 31st in TD grabs.

  • Since we’re talking 100-yard games, Ohio State running backs have topped the century mark 523 times in school history.
  • Ohio State RBs can match its WR corps with three different players topping 100 this year: Dallan Hayden (108 vs. Toledo), TreVeyon Henderson (121 vs. Wisconsin) and Miyan Williams (101 vs. Wisconsin and 189 vs. Rutgers).
  • This is a good situation in the long run: Williams (64-497-7.8; 8 TDs) and Henderson (50-318-6.4; 3 TDs) have combined for 815 yards rushing off 114 carries for a 7.1 yards per carry average.
  • As a team, Ohio State’s 6.2 yards per carry average ranks fifth nationally.