Just the Stats: Penn State vs Indiana

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Penn St. Nittany Lions (6-4, 4-2 Big Ten) vs Indiana Hoosiers (4-6, 2-4 Big Ten)

12 p.m. ET, Nov. 17, 2012 - Big Ten Network
Beaver Stadium
/ University Park, PA

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Indiana
Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 141.30 (79) 244.00 (118) Rushing Defense (ypg) Psulogo_medium
Passing Offense (ypg) 268.80 (40) 201.80 (28) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 132.18 (66) 131.75 (61) Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 410.10 (56) 445.80 (97) Total Defense (ypg) Psulogo_medium
Scoring Offense (ppg) 28.00 (68) 32.20 (91) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 137.90 (36) 138.20 (83) Rushing Offense (ypg) Psulogo_medium
Passing Defense (ypg) 207.00 (36) 293.20 (26) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 114.20 (24) 132.40 (64) Pass Efficiency Psulogo_medium
Total Defense (ypg) 344.90 (30) 431.40 (43) Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 18.60 (20) 31.20 (44) Scoring Offense (ppg) Push
Net Punting Yds 33.33 (115) 6.17 (92) Punt Return Yds Push
Punt Return Yds 6.12 (93) 36.76 (62) Net Punting Yds IUlogo_medium
Kickoff Return Yds 17.84 (113) 22.19 (80) Kickoff Return Defense IUlogo_medium
Kickoff Return Defense 21.97 (75) 22.79 (44) Kickoff Return Yds IUlogo_medium
Turnover Margin 0.80* (18) E (T-59) Turnover Margin Psulogo_medium
Penalty Yds/Game 53.40^ (66) 53.60 (67) Penalty Yds/Game Push
Sacks 2.50/gm (27) 1.20/gm (22) Sacks Allowed Push
Sacks Allowed 1.60/gm (47) 2.40/gm (35) Sacks Push
Redzone Offense (%) 75%† (96) 85% (85) Redzone Defense (%) Push
Redzone Defense (%) 68% (T-10) 88% (22) Redzone Offense (%) Push
3rd Down Conv. % 42.24 (53) 41.45 (73) 3rd Down Defense % Push
3rd Down Defense % 39.49 (58) 37.04 (84) 3rd Down Conv. % Psulogo_medium
1st Downs Per Game 22.60 (39) 24.10 (106) 1st Downs Allowed PG Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
1st Downs Allowed PG 18.20 (27) 22.80 (35) 1st Downs Per Game Push

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: So, if the whole math thing doesn't get in the way this time around, Penn State has an 8-to-3 logo advantage over Indiana. And if Penn State doesn't get so goddamned stubborn this week, sticks to the run game through the fourth quarter, the Nittany Lions should roll with a relatively easy victory. Yes, the passing defense could give up some chunks, it's not unlikely that Indiana will shoot itself in the foot with penalties and turnovers. Penn State has to recover from the "loss" last week, and come out on fire this week. The most frustrating thing this season, however, has been the Nittany Lions' inability to sustain its momentum. The third quarter has been hellish for the defense, as the offense frequently comes out of the lockerroom after halftime flat and tight. Fix that, and a winning season will be in the books for Bill O'Brien and the seniors.

*This number is simply the "on the books" turnover margin average, and does not reflect the non-fumble against Nebraska.

^If games were called against Penn State using the same standards as the rest of college football, this average would be greatly reduced.

†This scoring average does not reflect the Penn State touchdown the officiating crew refused to correctly call at Nebraska.

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