Minnesota vs Ohio State: Offensive and Defensive Numbers
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The 3th ranked Ohio State Football team kicks off this evening against the Ohio State Buckeyes, the 24th ranked team in the nation. Here are all the numbers you’ll need to know for today’s bout.
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Obviously, Minnesota has the edge here. Ohio State certainly isn’t the air-it-out and spread style team that the Ducks are. Minnesota, behind the cannon of starting quarterback Justin Herbert, has the second most passing yards in the conference at a shade over 300.
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Minnesota once again has the numbers advantage in this phase of the game. Behind a constantly rotating committee of running backs, Minnesota can give defenses a myriad of looks on the ground game. Ohio State, on the other hand, is another good running team. I know they average less yards than Minnesota, but they can’t be taken for granted — quarterback Chase Garbers included. You have to remember, this team has played overall stiffer competition than the Ducks.
It’s no secret that Minnesota has the more potent offense of the two. With certain future Sunday regular Justin Herbert taking snaps, and CJ Verdell and Tony Brooks-James behind him, and Dillon Mitchell out wide, this Minnesota offense has a plethora of weapons — enough to give any team fits on defense. If Minnesota is firing on all cylinders, the Cal offense will have a tough time keeping up.
Here’s where the number begin to favor the Buckeyes. Their secondary has been sturdy and reliable thus far, but hasn’t faced a passer as elite as Herbert. Minnesota’s secondary, on the other hand, has been a rather disappointing aspect of the squad. They cannot let Garbers get comfortable today.