Just the Stats: Penn State vs Northwestern

Bradley Leeb-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Penn St. Nittany Lions (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) vs. No. 22 Northwestern Wildcats (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten)

12:00 p.m. ET, Oct. 6, 2012 - ESPN
Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 110,753)
/ University Park, PA

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Northwestern Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 133.80 (86)
90.00 (13)
Rushing Defense (ypg) NWlogo_mediumNWlogo_medium
Passing Offense (ypg) 245.80 (53)
289.00 (106) Passing Defense (ypg) Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Pass Efficiency 132.19 (71)
123.44 (49)
Pass Efficiency Defense Psulogo_medium
Total Offense (ypg) 379.60 (83)
379.00 (58)
Total Defense (ypg) NWlogo_medium
Scoring Offense (ppg) 24.60 (86)
20.60 (T-36)
Scoring Defense (ppg) NWlogo_mediumNWlogo_medium
Rushing Defense (ypg) 129.80 (46)
255.80 (9)
Rushing Offense (ypg) NWlogo_medium
Passing Defense (ypg) 227.80 (60)
210.80 (87)
Passing Offense (ypg) Psulogo_medium
Pass Efficiency Defense 125.12 (53)
129.72 (75) Pass Efficiency Push
Total Defense (ypg) 357.60 (47)
466.60 (37)
Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 13.60 (14)
33.80 (42)
Scoring Offense (ppg) Psulogo_medium
Net Punting Yds 32.53 (114)
21.50 (7)
Punt Return Yds NWlogo_mediumNWlogo_mediumNWlogo_mediumNWlogo_medium
Punt Return Yds 7.18 (71)
40.39 (25)
Net Punting Yds NWlogo_medium
Kickoff Return Yds 16.25 (110) 22.64 (86)
Kickoff Return Defense Push
Kickoff Return Defense 18.00 (20)
15.43 (115)
Kickoff Return Yds Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Turnover Margin +1.40 (T-14)
+0.40 (T-45)
Turnover Margin Psulogo_medium
Penalty Yds/Game 42.40 (33)
53.40 (T-63)
Penalty Yds/Game Psulogo_medium
Sacks 2.60 (31)
2.00 (T-67)
Sacks Allowed Psulogo_medium
Sacks Allowed 1.20 (T-25)
1.60 (T-79)
Sacks Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Redzone Offense (%) 62% (111)
72% (32)
Redzone Defense (%) NWlogo_mediumNWlogo_mediumNWlogo_medium
Redzone Defense (%) 62% (T-9)
92% (15)
Redzone Offense (%) Push
Redzone TD % 52%
38%
Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 46%
52%
Redzone TD % Push
3rd Down Conv. % 45.45 (40)
38.36 (64)
3rd Down Defense % Push
3rd Down Defense % 42.31 (85)
54.32% (9)
3rd Down Conv. % NWlogo_mediumNWlogo_mediumNWlogo_medium
1st Downs Per Game 21.20 (58)
20.20 (61)
1st Downs Allowed PG Push
1st Downs Allowed PG 18.20 (37)
27.20 (11)
1st Downs Per Game NWlogo_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: Penn State has a pretty significant lead here when it comes to its offense against Northwestern's defense. However, Northwestern has an even bigger advantage on special teams, where the Wildcats crush the Nittany Lions in the logo battle. Red Zone production is skewed heavily due to Penn State's inability to make a field goal.

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