Just the Stats: Penn State vs Purdue

Soon. - Mike Pettigano/Black Shoe Diaries

Our fearless co-leader is stuck with no power (thanks, Sandy!), so here goes nothing...

Penn St. Nittany Lions (5-3, 3-1 Big Ten) at Purdue Boilermakers (3-5, 0-4 Big Ten)

3:30 p.m. ET, Nov. 3, 2012 - ESPNU
Ross-Ade Stadium (Capacity: 62,500
) / West Lafayette, IN

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Purdue
Rushing Offense (ypg) 134.63 (85)
195.13 (96)
Rushing Defense (ypg) Push
Passing Offense (ypg) 265.88 (40)
213.88 (46)
Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 133.03 (61)
121.39 (44)
Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 400.5 (62)
409.00 (69)
Total Defense (ypg) Push
Scoring Offense (ppg) 27.88 (65)
29.75 (77)
Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 128.13 (33)
161.25 (66)
Rushing Offense (ypg) Psulogo_medium
Passing Defense (ypg) 201.38 (32)
220.25 (75)
Passing Offense (ypg) Psulogo_medium
Pass Efficiency Defense 115.51 (29)
125.35 (80)
Pass Efficiency Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Total Defense (ypg) 329.50 (22)
381.5 (78)
Total Offense (ypg) Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Scoring Defense (ppg) 18.13 (18)
30.88 (52)
Scoring Offense (ppg) Psulogo_medium
Net Punting Yds 31.91 (117)
4.92 (97)
Punt Return Yds Push
Punt Return Yds 5.24 (94)
36.5 (67)
Net Punting Yds Purduep_medium
Kickoff Return Yds 17.19 (111)
20.89 (56)
Kickoff Return Defense Purduep_mediumPurduep_medium
Kickoff Return Defense 20.71 (53)
22.80 (45)
Kickoff Return Yds Push
Turnover Margin 1.00 (T-13)
0.13 (T-56)
Turnover Margin Psulogo_medium
Penalty Yds/Game 49.88 (50)
38.63 (18)
Penalty Yds/Game Purduep_medium
Sacks 2.75/gm (T-19)
2.25 (T-81)
Sacks Allowed Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Sacks Allowed 1.5/gm (T-35)
1.63 (T-77)
Sacks Psulogo_medium
Redzone Offense (%) 73% (T-98)
81% (T-51)
Redzone Defense (%) Purduep_medium
Redzone Defense (%) 65% (8)
82% (T-53)
Redzone Offense (%) Psulogo_medium
Redzone TD % 59%
Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 56%
Redzone TD % Purduep_medium
3rd Down Conv. % 43.61 (45)
44.26 (91)
3rd Down Defense % Psulogo_medium
3rd Down Defense % 38.98 (62)
44.44 (40)
3rd Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs Per Game 22.88 (36)
19.88 (T-52)
1st Downs Allowed PG Push
1st Downs Allowed PG 17.38 (T-22)
20.00 (78)
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: There's an awful lot of blue on that chart, and not just because of the header. The stats tell part of the story of why Purdue's off to a winless start in the Big Ten this season, and why Danny Hope's seat is getting mighty warm.

Special teams seem to be where Purdue has the biggest edge. It's a push, statistically, when the Nittany Lions have the ball, though if Penn State gets what Purdue gives up on average in overall yards and on the scoreboard, the Lions will best their season averages.

When the Penn State defense and the Boilermaker offense is on the field, it's a different story. Though the Nittany Lions are only in the top 25 in national defenses, simply allowing their average for the season (nearly all statistics of which went up after the Ohio State game last week) should give the visiting team a significant edge.

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