* Georgia, the defending national champion, has the longest hitting streak in the nation at 13 straight. Ohio State is next with 12, dating back to its Rose Bowl win over Utah. Michigan and TCU are next with 11 straight, all season.
* With the win over Indiana, Ohio State Ryan Day improved to 45-4 overall. The Buckeyes are 31-1 against Big Ten teams in the regular season under Day. They also have wins over Northwestern and Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game.
Day boasts a 25-1 home record as head coach of Ohio State. The only loss was to Oregon last season.
* Day’s Ohio State teams scored 30 or more points 40 times in his 49 games as head coach. Ohio State is 40-0 in those games. His teams are 5-4 in games when they score under 30 points.
* Ohio State’s current streak of 72 consecutive games of 20 or more points is an FBS record.
Oklahoma held the record with 69 consecutive games of 20 or more points since 2016-21. USC did it in 63 consecutive games from 2002 to 2006.
* Undefeated Ohio State and Georgia are the only teams in the top 10 nationally in both total offense and total defense. Ohio State is eighth in total offense (492.7 ypg) and ninth in total defense (283.4 ypg). Georgia is seventh in total offense (496.3 ypg) and fifth in total defense (272.1 ypg).
Michigan is 23 years oldrd in total offense (452.6 ypg) and first in total defense (241.3 ypg).
* Ohio State QB CJ Stroud and no. 1 nationally in passing efficiency (183.3) and touchdown passes (35). He is also first nationally in yards per pass attempt and third in yards per completion. Stroud is the first Big Ten QB to have three games with six TD passes.
Stroud ranks second on OSU’s career touchdown pass list with 79. Solo JT Barrett, who threw a Big Ten record 104 touchdown passes, has thrown the most at OSU. Stroud now ranks fourth all-time in Big Ten annals for touchdown passes. In addition to Barrett, Stroud follows Purdue’s Drew Brees (90) and Michigan Chad Henne (87).
In his career, Stroud threw for 7,426 yards. He is now third on OSU’s career passing yards list. He follows Barrett (9,434 yards) and Art Schlichter (7,547). He passed Bobby Hoying (7,232) during last week’s game at Maryland.
Stroud’s total of 2,991 yards this season is seventh in a year in OSU history. There have been six 3,000-yard seasons in OSU history. Dwayne Haskins he set OSU and Big Ten records with 4,831 rushing yards in 2018. Stroud threw for 4,435 yards in 12 games last year.
* Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison is third nationally with 11 touchdown catches. He is within six TD catches of the OSU school record of 17, set by Fred Biletnikoff Award winner Terry Glenn in 1995.
* State of Ohio LB Tommy Eichenberg he is third in the Big Ten and fifth among Power Five school players with 105 tackles. He leads the Big Ten with 68 solo tackles.
*Michigan RB Blake Corum he is fourth nationally in rushing yards (1,457 yards) and fifth in rushing yards per game (132.5 ypg). He is tied for the national lead in touchdowns scored with 19.
* The game matches two of the top three all-time teams in college football in terms of wins and winning percentage. Michigan is first all-time with 987 wins and second in winning percentage at .731. Ohio State is second all-time in hits with 953 and first all-time in hitting percentage with .732.
* As of 2012, Ohio State has a 38-3 record in games played in November. The losses were to Michigan State in 2015, Iowa in 2017 and Michigan in 2021.
* This is the 25thth time the teams will meet as the top 10 AP teams. OSU has an all-time 12-10-2 lead in those games.
* Looking at the teams’ six common opponents (the other five Eastern Division teams and Iowa), Ohio State defeated those opponents by an average margin of 30 points. Michigan had those six wins with an average of 20.3 points.
* The winner of the Ohio State-Michigan game will be the Big Ten Eastern Division champion and advance to the conference title game next Saturday, December 12. 3, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. That game will kick off at 8:00 p.m. and be televised on FOX.
The Western Division title remains up for grabs. Iowa (7-4, 5-3) can wrap up with a win over Nebraska on Friday. Purdue (7-4, 5-3) can clinch it with a victory over Indiana and a loss of Iowa against Nebraska. Illinois (7-4, 4-4) still has a shot, but Illini must defeat Northwestern and hope both Iowa and Purdue lose. If all three of these teams lost, Iowa would have the tiebreaker over Purdue and go to the title game.
Including ties, here are the leaders in Big Ten division titles: Ohio State, 10; Wisconsin, six; Michigan State, three; Northwestern, Michigan, Iowa, two; Minnesota, Penn State and Nebraska, one each.
Michigan leads with 43 Big Ten championships all time. OSU is second with 40 (including the 2010 title vacated by NCAA sanctions).
* In four years below Ryan Day, Ohio State is 15-4 against top 25 AP opponents. By season these include:
2018 (1-0) – Defeat No. 15 TCU 40-28 (Day was OSU’s interim head coach)
2019 (5-1) – Loss No. 25 Michigan State 34-10, no. 13 Wisconsin 38-7, no. 9 Penn State 28-17, no. 10 Michigan 56-27 and no. 10 Wisconsin 34-21; lost to no. 3Clemson 29-23.
2020 (4-1) – Loss No. 18 Penn State 38-25, No. 9 Indiana 42-35, no. 15 Northwestern 22-10 and no. 2Clemson 49-28; lost to no. Alabama 52-24.
2021 (3-2) – Lost to world no. 12Oregon 35-28; defeated no. 20 Penn State 33-24; defeated no. 7 Michigan State 56-7; lost to No. 6 Michigan 42-27; defeated no. 10 Utah 48-45.
2022 (2-0) – Defeat No. 5 Notre Dame 9-10; defeated no. 13 Penn State 44-31.
* Record against ranked opponents: When Ohio State is ranked in the top 10, 408-89-9; when Ohio State is ranked against opponents, 541-149-14; when both teams are ranked, 152-94-10; when the opponent is ranked in the top 10, 89-59-8; when opponent is ranked against Ohio State, 161-129-12.
Ohio State is 39-9 against top 25 AP ranked teams over the past 10 seasons (as of 2012).
* In eight seasons below Jim Harbaugh, Michigan is 14-18 against ranked teams. That includes a 3-14 record against top 10 teams. The three wins surpassed no. 8 Wisconsin in 2016, no. 8 Notre Dame in 2019 and no. State of Ohio in 2021.
* ESPN’s College GameDay and FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff will air their pregame shows from Columbus this weekend.
GameDay will take place on the south lawn in front of the St. John Arena. Big Noon will be adjacent to Ohio Stadium’s SE Tower near RPAC.
Ohio State leads all schools in times hosting GameDay (22nd), attendance (55th), and wins (38 to 16 losses).
Ohio State hosts Big Noon for the eighth time and is 6-1 in previous Big Noon appearances; 11-2 all time at a Big Noon site.
* Prior to the game, Ohio State Football will honor 23 seniors who will be at Ohio Stadium one last time as players.
These elders are: CB/42 Lloyd McFarquhar, OL/60 Ryan SmithSAF/15 Tanner McCalisterLB/21 Palaie GaoteoteK/96 Michael O’ShaughnessyOL/76 Harry MillerRB/24 Mark Crowley95/k Noah RugglesDT/86 Jerry CageSAF/41 Josh ProctorDE/8 Javontae Jean-BaptisteCB/26 CamBrownOT/79 David JonesOG/55 Matt JonesDT/6 Taron VincentWR/10 Xavier JohnsonLS/42 Bradley Robinson, LB/3 Teradja MitchellSAF/14 Ronnie HickmanTE/34 Mitch Rossi, DE/9 Zach HarrisonDE/54 Friday Tyler and WR/BlockO Kamryn Babb.
* Five Buckeyes are from the state of Michigan: Jr. DB Cameron Martinez (Muskegon), So. RB Cayden Saunders and p. WR Kai Saunders (Northville), GR LS Bradley Robinson (Troy) and Soph. OL Grant Toutant (Warren).