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Comparing Ohio State and Michigan Halfway Through The Regular Season

Michigan and Ohio State appear to be on collision course that culminates in a 11-0 vs. 11-0 matchup in Columbus in late November.

Roughly halfway through the 2016 regular season, how do bitter rivals Ohio State and Michigan stack up?

A brief overview of the two teams:

Ohio State

  • Record: 5-0, 2-0 Big Ten
  • National ranking: No. 2 (AP Poll and Coaches' Poll)
  • ESPN FPI ranking: No. 5
  • Best win: at Oklahoma, 45-24, on Sept. 17

Michigan

  • Record: 6-0, 3-0 Big Ten
  • National ranking: No. 4 (AP Poll and Coaches' Poll)
  • ESPN FPI ranking: No. 1
  • Best win: vs. Wisconsin, 14-7

How the teams' units stack up against each other:

Ohio State's offense vs. Michigan's defense

  • Ohio State has the 22nd most-efficient offense in the country and rank No. 3 in the country in points per game (53.2)
  • Michigan has the third most-efficient defense in the country and rank No. 1 in the country in scoring defense (10.3 points per game)
  • There's a ridiculous amount of talent and ability on both sides of the ball here. It's pretty evenly matched.

Advantage: Push.

Michigan's offense vs. Ohio State's defense

  • Michigan has the ninth most-efficient offense in the country and rank No. 4 in the country in points per game (50)
  • Ohio State has the fourth most-efficient defense in the country and rank No. 2 in the country in scoring defense (10.8)
  • Both Michigan's offense and Ohio State's defense have been elite through five or six games, but there's still a little bit of skepticism with the Wolverines' offense (see: Wisconsin game). Do they have the quarterback play and overall skill to put up a lot of points in Columbus?

Advantage: Ohio State.

Ohio State's special teams vs. Michigan's special teams

  • Michigan has the 12th most-efficient special teams unit in the country
  • Ohio State has the 47th most-efficient special teams unit in the country
  • The Wolverines have Jabrill Peppers, who could return a punt for a touchdown at any time, so Michigan has the edge here. Ohio State doesn't rely on its special teams unit very much, anyway (because they don't really have to).

Advantage: Michigan.

Who do you have come Nov. 26?