How Michigan and MSU Match Up Statistically

How Michigan and MSU Match Up Statistically

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How Michigan and MSU Match Up Statistically

Chase Winovich says that Michigan is on something of a ‘revenge tour’ against the teams it lost to a year ago, and it got its first win against one of the culprits, demolishing Wisconsin, 38-13 on Saturday night.

But now, despite Wisconsin’s prowess in many areas, the tougher challenge begins, as the Wolverines travel to East Lansing to take on in-state rival Michigan State — a team that just beat the formerly-ranked No. 8 Penn State in Happy Valley.

Before Week Seven, it seemed like these were two teams headed in different directions, with Michigan dominating most games and MSU losing two games it shouldn’t have, and playing every game close. But, after taking down the Nittany Lions, and facing its hated rival, it’s all but assured that Saturday’s matchup at Spartan Stadium will be a dogfight.

So, in preview, here’s how the teams rank, unit-by-unit, nationally.

michigan on offense, Michigan State on defense

Michigan offense Rnk. Avg. MSU defense Rnk. Avg.
Pass offense 94th 207 yds Pass defense 118th 286.3 yds
Rush offense 28th 217 yds Rush defense 1st 62.33 yds
Yards per play 25th 6.45 yds Yards per play allowed 38th 5.08 yds
Scoring offense 23rd 38.1 pts Scoring defense 41st 22.3 pts
Total offense 52nd 424 yds Total defense 37th 348.7 yds
3rd down conversions 15th 48.45% 3rd down conversions allowed 31st 33.33%
Long passing plays 68rd 55 plays total Long passing plays allowed 105th 65 plays total
Long rushing plays 45th 38 plays total Long rushing plays allowed 2nd 12 plays total
Turnovers lost 5th best 5 Turnovers attained 55th best 10
Sacks allowed 36th 1.57/gm Sacks 66th  2.17/gm
TFL allowed 35th  5.14/gm TFL 64th 6.33/gm

Michigan State on offense, michigan on defense

MSU offense Rnk. Avg. Michigan defense Rnk. Avg.
Pass offense 34th 271.5 Pass defense 1st 129.1 yds
Rush offense 115th 123 yds Rush defense 15th 108.86 yds
Yards per play 95th 5.33 yds Yards per play allowed 2nd 3.93 yds
Scoring offense 85th 26.2 pts Scoring defense 8th 15.4 pts
Total offense 80th 394.5 yds Total defense 2nd 238 yds
3rd down conversions 105th 35.23% 3rd down conversions allowed 27th 32.29%
Long passing plays 15th 78 plays total Long passing plays allowed 3rd best 32 plays total
Long rushing plays 125th 17 plays total Long rushing plays allowed 38th 26 plays total
Turnovers lost 76th best 10 Turnovers attained 86th best 8
Sacks allowed 85th 2.5/gm Sacks 14th 2.86/gm
TFL allowed 82nd best 6.33/gm TFL 12th 7.71/gm

special teams/other

Michigan Rank Avg. MSU Rank Avg.
Opponent kick returns 66th 20.86 yds Kick returns 23rd 24.6 yds
Kick returns 52nd 21.69 yds Opponent kick returns 29th 18.31 yds
Punting 2nd 51.05 yds Punt returns 95th 6.31 yds
Punt returns 57th 9.85 yds Punting 90th 40 yds
Field Goals 44th 78.6% Field Goals 60th 56.7 yds/gm
Penalties 106th 69.7 yds/gm Opponent penalties 81st 52.3 yds/gm
Opponent penalties 78th 53 yds/gm Penalties 52nd 52 yds/gm
Time of possession 12th 33:20.00/gm Time of possession 6th 34:27.33/gm
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