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Halfway through the 2010 season, Ohio State is averaging 43.2 points per game with a Heisman Trophy candidate at the helm of its offense.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor is having a tremendous year so far, and the Buckeyes have scored 35 points or more in five of their six games. The only game they didn’t was against Illinois when Pryor, who left the game because of injury for three series, and company could only muster up 24.
Ohio State is averaging 465.8 yards of offense per game, and Pryor has had a hand in 19 of Ohio State’s 32 touchdowns—15 passing, three rushing and one receiving. Only Auburn’s Cameron Newton has been involved in more touchdowns with, 21.
Pryor has certainly matured from last year and is making good decisions with the football. He has thrown only three interceptions and has completed 68 percent of his attempts. His quarterback rating of 170.46 is sixth best in the nation, better than Ryan Mallett, Andrew Luck, Greg McElroy and Denard Robinson.
Six different receivers, including Pryor, have caught a touchdown pass for the Buckeyes. Dane Sanzenbacher’s seven touchdown receptions rank fifth nationally.
Here are some of Ohio State’s major offensive statistics with its rank nationally in parentheses:
Scoring Offense 43.2 pts/game (sixth)
Passing 248.5 yds/game (37th)
Rushing 217.3 yds/game (20th)
Total Offense 465.8 yds/game (18th)
Third Downs 40.74 percent (53rd)
Red-Zone Efficiency 91.43percent (12th)
TDs in Red Zone 65.71 percent (41st)
While the Buckeyes have been able to put points up at ease, they’ve struggled scoring six in the red zone and converting on third downs. They have also struggled to consistently run the ball, especially from the running back position.
However, with a talent like Pryor controlling the offense, weaknesses tend to be masked.
Offensive Grade: B to B+