With this week’s conference slate approaching fast, it is time again to look at some of the conference’s most interesting and telling stats. This is: By the Numbers.
The Ohio State Buckeyes have 144 first-half points. That total is more than seven Big Ten teams. The Buckeyes early-game exploits are only through five games.
Rutgers conversely gave up 136 points in its last two outings. That gaudy total is more than 10 conference teams have given up all season.
Chayce Crouch had an incredible day in Illinois’ 34-31 loss to Purdue last week. He had 279 all-purpose yards including 137 on the ground. That 137 rushing yard total was fourth most by an Illini quarterback in school history via @illinistats¬es.
Chayce Crouch’s 137 rushing yards is the fourth-most ever by an Illinois quarterback. pic.twitter.com/6V597JwFKR— Illini Stats & Notes (@IlliniStats) October 9, 2016
In the same game, Purdue picked up its third conference win under Coach Hazell. They are now 3-23 under Hazell in conference play…two of those wins have been over the Illini via @BTNstatsguy.
Another fun fact about the Boilers…they’re not anything special on offense really but they’re strangely good on third down. Purdue has the seventh-best third-down conversion percentage at 52 percent.
Sharin’ the love: Michigan doesn’t have a back over 500 yards rushing but they have FOUR over 250 yards.
Staying in the Michigan backfield… Karan Higdon leads the team with five rushing touchdowns, on only 35 rushes. Higdon scores a touchdown on 15 percent of his touches.
Lastly, Ohio State and Michigan are the only teams in the country in the top-five in scoring offense and defense. The Buckeyes score 53 points and allow just over 10 a game, and the Wolverines 50 and allow just over 10 points per themselves