Good luck throwing the ball deep against Ohio State.
The Buckeyes allow 4.9 yards per pass attempt, which ranks third nationally. They’ve intercepted 10 passes, and opposing quarterbacks have an 82.64 rating against them, second in the FBS.
A big reason for that is Ohio State’s dominance on passes of more than 20 yards. A graphic tweeted out by Pro Football Focus’s Steve Palazzolo shows that.
Deep passing numbers against Ohio State's defense…dominant pic.twitter.com/vS94fr4UCa
— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) October 10, 2016
Opposing teams are just 3 of 24 for 109 yards with five interceptions on those passes this season. Teams have attempted two passes of more than 20 yards over the middle, too. Success rates are always going to be lower on deep throws, but this is remarkable.
Safeties Malik Hooker and Damon Webb have formed a strong pair in the middle, combining for 41 tackles and four INTs (all by Hooker). Corners Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore have been major bright spots, too.