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Ball State-Ohio… By the Numbers

BSU vs. Ohio:
National Stat Rankings & Statistics
NCAA Stat BSU Ohio
Scoring Offense 102nd (21.0) 77th (25.0)
Rushing Offense 45th (164.25) 98th (115.50)
Passing Offense 109th (153.1) 79th (199.8)
Total Offense 101st (317.4) 104th (315.3)
Scoring Defense 96th (30.0) 42nd (21.0)
Rushing Defense 82nd (157.75) 73rd (148.0)
Passing Defense 82nd (232.8) 37th (195.4)
Total Defense 87th (390.5) 49th (343.4)
Sacks 101st (9.00) 80th (12.00)
Sacks Allowed 111th (23) 57th (14)
Turnover Margin 118th (-12) 5th (+10)
3rd Down Conv. % 89th (34.78%) 98th (33.62%)
Opp. 3rd Down Conv. % 67th (38.39%) 29th (34.15%)
Red Zone Conv. % 64th (81.82%) 112th (68.0%)
Opp. Red Zone Conv. % 58th (81.48%) 62nd (82.76%)
Punting 80th (39.33) 110th (36.75)
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game 14th (43.9) 73rd (58.6)

10-7 advantage this week for Ohio, and some troubling things come to light. Most categories are a virtual push, with the exception of Ohio’s sacks allowed and their exceptional turnover margin. Ball State has struggled at times to get pressure on the opposing QB, and with an Ohio squad that prides itself on keeping their QB’s jersey clean, that’s a significant area for BSU to focus on. The turnover margin is ridiculous, as that’s over +1 per game for the Bobcats, and most Cardinals fans will tell you that BSU will need close to perfection with no gifts to spring the upset over Ohio.

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