Just the Stats: Penn State at Iowa

Penn St. Nittany Lions (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten) at Iowa Hawkeyes (4-2, 2-0 Big Ten)

8 p.m. ET, Oct. 20, 2012 - BTN
Kinnick Stadium (Capacity:
70,585) / Iowa City, IA

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Iowa Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 138.33 (88) 177.33 (31)
Rushing Defense (ypg) iowalogo_mediumiowalogo_medium
Passing Offense (ypg) 251.83 (48)
199.83 (28)
Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 131.27 (64) 114.80 (30) Pass Efficiency Defense iowalogo_medium
Total Offense (ypg) 390.17 (75)
317.17 (19)
Total Defense (ypg) iowalogo_mediumiowalogo_medium
Scoring Offense (ppg) 27.00 (70)
17.17 (21)
Scoring Defense (ppg) iowalogo_medium
Rushing Defense (ypg) 128.50 (38)
154.67 (75)
Rushing Offense (ypg) Psulogo_medium
Passing Defense (ypg) 213.17 (42)
189.00 (99)
Passing Offense (ypg) Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Pass Efficiency Defense 120.83 (43)
106.56 (114)
Pass Efficiency Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Total Defense (ypg) 341.67 (32)
343.67 (98)
Total Offense (ypg) Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Scoring Defense (ppg) 16.00 (15)
22.00 (98)
Scoring Offense (ppg) Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Net Punting Yds 30.29 (120)
6.09 (91)
Punt Return Yds iowalogo_medium
Punt Return Yds 6.29 (87)
35.00 (92)
Net Punting Yds Push
Kickoff Return Yds 17.00 (110)
19.61 (35)
Kickoff Return Defense iowalogo_mediumiowalogo_mediumiowalogo_medium
Kickoff Return Defense 17.18 (13)
18.67 (93)
Kickoff Return Yds Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Turnover Margin 1.17 (T-14)
1.17 (T-14)
Turnover Margin Push
Penalty Yds/Game 40.33 (27)
58.50 (75)
Penalty Yds/Game Psulogo_medium
Sacks 2.33 (38)
1.17 (24) Sacks Allowed Push
Sacks Allowed 1.33 (T-32)
1.50 (90)
Sacks Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Redzone Offense (%) 70.40%
Redzone Defense (%) Psulogo_medium
Redzone Defense (%) 68.8%
Redzone Offense (%) Psulogo_medium
Redzone TD % 59.2%
Redzone TD % Defense Psulogo_medium
Redzone TD % Defense 56.2%
Redzone TD % Psulogo_medium
3rd Down Conv. % 45.45 (T-36)
35.23 (40)
3rd Down Defense % Push
3rd Down Defense % 40.00 (72)
38.64 (78)
3rd Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs Per Game 22.67 (40)
16.67 (17)
1st Downs Allowed PG Push
1st Downs Allowed PG 17.67 (25)
18.17 (99)
1st Downs Per Game Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium

Difference <25 in National Rank = Push

Difference >25 in National Rank = Psulogo_medium

Difference >50 in National Rank = Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium

Difference >75 in National Rank = Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium

Difference >100 in National Rank = Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium

Note: The Redzone TD% and Redzone TD% Defense are calculated by me and not ranked by the NCAA. Determining who has the advantage in these categories is strictly my arbitrary judgment.

Quick thoughts: If there is one thing we can count on, it's #AIRBHG. Mark Weisman isn't listed on the Iowa depth chart this week, though confirmation of some kind will come from Kirk Ferentz at his press conference. Aside from that possible factor, Iowa has won a game by one point, lost a game by one point, and beat MSU last week in double overtime. The loss to Iowa State also came by just a field goal. Meanwhile, Penn State's margin of defeat has turned into an increasingly-large margin of victory, including over a great offensive team in Northwestern. Say what you will about these two teams, but it seems like yet another occasion where Penn State's momentum could mean something.

Penn State has a decided advantage in the logo column. It's not much in any particular stat category, but overall Penn State seems to be--statistically--a decent margin better than Iowa. The Hawkeyes' defense is good, but not as good as Penn State's. The Iowa offense is, to put it nicely, offensive. I'm cautiously confident that Penn State will be able to score more on Iowa's defense, than Iowa is able to score on Penn State's defense.

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