Study Hall: Ohio State 34, Iowa 24

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Confused? Visit the Advanced Stats glossary here. Or just skip to the words. I won't be offended. (Okay, I'll only be a little offended.)

Every time I try to compliment Ohio State, I feel like I'm damning with faint praise, so I'll just say this: Iowa's pretty decent this year and played really, really well in the first half. Ohio State absorbed some solid blows and responded with awesome third-quarter offense and fourth-quarter defense. The line opened up enormous running holes on offense and masterfully avoided passing downs.

And that Carlos Hyde touchdown run was so much fun to watch.

(Fine, the defense also had enormous running holes opened against it, and the offense was mostly ineffective on passing downs. This is a very good team, but "very good" is not "elite," and this is in no way the fourth-best team in the country. Sorry. I tried. I just wish calling the Buckeyes "very good" wasn't faint praise.)

Ohio State 34, Iowa 24

Iowa Ohio State Iowa Ohio State
Close % 100.0% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 37.7% 57.7% Success Rate 55.0% 69.0%
Leverage % 65.6% 74.4% PPP 0.58 0.65
S&P 1.127 1.344
TOTAL
EqPts 33.9 47.4 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 50.8% 60.3% Success Rate 42.9% 35.0%
Close PPP 0.56 0.61 PPP 0.51 0.47
Close S&P 1.064 1.210 S&P 0.943 0.821
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 11.3 27.3 Number 1 0
Close Success Rate 55.6% 59.2% Turnover Pts 3.4 0.0
Close PPP 0.42 0.56 Turnover Pts Margin -3.4 +3.4
Close S&P 0.976 1.149
Line Yards/carry 3.94 3.95 Q1 S&P 1.286 1.230
Q2 S&P 0.898 1.302
PASSING Q3 S&P 1.836 1.410
EqPts 22.5 20.1 Q4 S&P 0.479 0.888
Close Success Rate 47.1% 62.1%
Close PPP 0.66 0.69 1st Down S&P 1.181 1.351
Close S&P 1.133 1.314 2nd Down S&P 0.982 1.072
SD/PD Sack Rate 0.0% / 0.0% 4.4% / 16.7% 3rd Down S&P 0.951 1.201
Projected Pt. Margin: Ohio State +16.9 | Actual Pt. Margin: Ohio State +10

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