The Duel

Ohio State on Pace for Historically Dominant Finish to 2019-20 College Football Season

By David Hayes
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While every team still has its most important football ahead of it, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been redefining what college football dominance really looks like through Week 12 of this season.

With 10 games in the books thus far, the 10-0 Buckeyes' list of accolades is, perhaps, the longest in the country with just two more remaining weeks of regular-season action.

After a 56-21 trouncing of Rutgers on the road last Saturday, Ohio State now lays claim to the nation's No. 1 scoring offense (scoring 51.5 points per game) and its No. 1 scoring defense (allowing 9.8 PPG).

Even though the Buckeyes still have back-to-back matchups with top-15 opponents standing in their way of a 12-0 finish, Ohio State has outscored its 10 opponents by a combined 515-98 mark this season.

This level of balance is not only impressive on its face, but it carries a rather convincing historical significance as well. Over the past 10 years, no FBS program has finished a season ranked No. 1 overall on both sides of the ball like OSU is now, and only two teams have finished in the top 5 of both categories.

Those two teams were the 2018-19 Clemson Tigers (No. 4 offense, No. 4 defense) and the 2013-14 Florida State Seminoles (No. 2 offense, No. 1 offense), and each of them went on to win the national championship in those respective years.

This year's 2019-20 Clemson team isn't too far behind the Buckeyes though, currently ranking No. 3 in scoring defense (10.7 PPG) and No. 5 in scoring offense (45.9 PPG). And the achievements of this company is certainly reflected by the oddsmakers, as Clemson and Ohio State are currently tied for the best odds to win the 2020 College Football Playoff at +200 each, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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