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Was Sparty's defense really that good? Was Ohio State's really that bad? It depends on how you measure them. Here's a look at one really simple and mostly wrong way to size up defenses.

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Statistics...the lifeblood of the pundit...the stock-in-trade of the suit-wearing has-beens of the halftime circus. Week in and week out we hear the same old tired analysis. A favorite among talking heads of all flavors is the "yards per game" stat. 500 yards on offense. Only allowed 250 on defense.

Is that how we measure a team? Does that tell us who's got it and who's faking the funk? Let's see...

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