The Rose Bowl matchup between the Bucks and the Ducks looks to be one of the most intriguing of the bowl season. Oregon brings a high octane, fast tempo, spread offense that will light up the scoreboard. Ohio State is the polar opposite. Their focus rests on tough defense, ball control, and field position.
Here’s a breakdown of each team by stats:
Ohio State’s offense averages almost 30 points a game, 198 rushing yards, and 165 yards passing. Ohio State had 790 offensive plays averaging five-and-a-half yards per play.
Oregon’s offense averages over 37 points a game, 236 rushing yards, and 188 yards passing. Oregon had 832 offensive plays averaging just over six yards a play.
Oregon junior Jeremiah Masoli is a dual threat. At 214 pounds, Masoli is physical and can put a hit on defenders. While he is known for his ability to make plays with his feet, he can beat defenses with his arm just as easily.
Masoli has passed for 2,066 yards on the year with 15 touchdowns and five interceptions. Masoli has also rushed for 659 yards, averaging almost 55 yards a game. Masoli has 14 rushing touchdowns.
Ohio State sophomore Terrelle Pryor had trouble finding his groove this season. It didn’t help that he had defenders in his face all year. Toward the end of the year Pryor was used more to manage the game and made big plays with his legs.
Pryor has passed for 1,828 yards on the year with 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Pryor leads the Buckeyes in rushing with 707 yards averaging almost 59 yards a game. Pryor has seven rushing touchdowns.
Ohio State has a one two punch with Brandon Saine and Dan “Boom” Herron.
Over the last three games of the season Ohio State established its identity on offense as a run oriented team. Saine has 694 yards on the year and four touchdowns. Herron has 558 yards and seven touchdowns. Ohio State is averaging 4.7 yards per rush and has 20 rushing touchdowns on the year.
Freshman LaMichael James stepped up when LeGarrette Blount was suspended. James led the Ducks with 1,476 yards and 14 touchdowns. James is averaging almost seven yards a carry.
While James is shifty, Blount offers the Ducks a power option. Kenjon Barner is used when the Ducks run their zone option read and has rushed for 302 yards on the year.
Oregon is averaging 5.5 yards per rush and has 36 rushing touchdowns on the year.
Oregon has only four receivers with touchdown receptions. Jeff Maehl leads the Ducks in receptions and yards with 52 for 686, and six touchdown receptions on the year. Ed Dickson has 551 yards and six touchdown receptions. The Ducks average 15 receptions per game. They average 12 yards a catch.
Ohio State has six receivers with touchdown receptions. DeVier Posey leads the team in receptions and yards with 52 for 727, and has seven touchdown receptions. Dane Sanzenbacher has 506 yards and six touchdown receptions. Sanzenbacher is averaging almost 19 yards per catch. The Buckeyes average 12 receptions per game. They average over 13 yards a catch.
Ohio State’s offensive line allowed their rushers to run for 2,387 yards averaging five yards a carry. They also gave up 18 sacks on the season.
Oregon’s offensive line allowed their rushers to run for 2,833 yards averaging five-and-a-half yards a carry. They gave up 13 sacks on the season.
Ohio State’s defense is giving up just over 12 points a game. They’ve had three shutouts this year. Ohio State is holding opponents to just over 83 rushing yards a game. They’ve forced 30 turnovers on the season.
Oregon’s defense is holding opponents to 23 points a game. The Ducks are holding opponents to just 127 yards a game rushing while forcing 24 turnovers on the year.
Ohio State has faced nine ranked opponents in the past two years. They’ve gone 5-4 against ranked teams and 1-4 against top 10 teams.
Oregon has faced eight ranked opponents in the past two years. They’ve gone 6-2 against ranked teams and 2-1 against top 10 teams.
Thirty Is the Magic Number
In the past two seasons when the Buckeyes scored 30 points or more they’re 13-0. Oregon is 19-2 when scoring more than 30.