Saturday’s matchup in the Big Ten Championship Game is being billed as the conference’s best offense versus the best defense.
It’s also being billed as Ohio State’s Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde versus Michigan State’s Max Bullough and Darqueze Dennard.
Those billings aren’t just hyperbole, but before we look ahead to the matchup this weekend, it’s wise to take a step back and assess just how good Ohio State’s offense actually is.
We all know it’s a powerful group and has scored a ton of points, but few are seeing the big picture with this group. Not only is this Ohio State offense topping the Big Ten in 2013, it’s one of the historically great offenses in conference annals.
No, that’s not hyperbole—the numbers suggest that Ohio State is having one of the greatest scoring and rushing seasons of any offense in conference history and certainly in the modern era (post-World War II) of Big Ten football.
Ohio State has scored 578 points so far this season, which puts it fifth in Big Ten history with two more games to go. Should the Buckeyes score more than 30 points a game over the next two contests, it will be in the company of the best-scoring teams of all time.
This team is currently on pace to be the second-best-scoring team of all time in the Big Ten, only topped by the 1904 Minnesota Golden Gophers (725).
It would mean this offense is the best scoring offense in the modern era of Big Ten football.