Just the Stats: Penn State at Nebraska

Mike Pettigano / Black Shoe Diaries

Penn St. Nittany Lions (6-3, 4-1 Big Ten) at #16 Nebraska Cornhuskers (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten)

3:30 p.m. ET, Nov. 10, 2012 - ABC/ESPN
Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 81,091
) / Lincoln, NE

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Nebraska
Rushing Offense (ypg) 140.22 (85)
183.11 (T-87)
Rushing Defense (ypg) Push
Passing Offense (ypg) 272.00 (37)
156.00 (5)
Passing Defense (ypg) neb_logo
Pass Efficiency 134.91 (57)
99.67 (8)
Pass Efficiency Defense neb_logo
Total Offense (ypg) 412.22 (55)
339.11 (31)
Total Defense (ypg) Push
Scoring Offense (ppg) 28.56 (62)
25.22 (54)
Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 123.56 (26)
269.56 (6)
Rushing Offense (ypg) Push
Passing Defense (ypg) 211.00 (43) 217.78 (79) Passing Offense (ypg) Psulogo_medium
Pass Efficiency Defense 112.16 (22)
146.54 (33)
Pass Efficiency Push
Total Defense (ypg) 334.56 (26)
487.33 (17)
Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 17.11 (14)
38.00 (20)
Scoring Offense (ppg) Push
Net Punting Yds 32.17 (118)
11.95 (24)
Punt Return Yds neb_logoneb_logoneb_logo
Punt Return Yds 5.78 (92)
36.06 (78)
Net Punting Yds neb_logo
Kickoff Return Yds 17.39 (113)
21.42 (62)
Kickoff Return Defense neb_logoneb_logo
Kickoff Return Defense 21.97 (72)
21.39 (63)
Kickoff Return Yds Push
Turnover Margin 1.00/gm (T-14)
m-1.00/gm (106)
Turnover Margin Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Penalty Yds/Game 52.67 (60)
67.89 (102)
Penalty Yds/Game Psulogo_medium
Sacks 2.56/gm (T-27)
2.00/gm (69)
Sacks Allowed Psulogo_medium
Sacks Allowed 1.44/gm (35)
2.67/gm (T-20)
Sacks Push
Redzone Offense (%) 76% (T-89)
79% (T-43)
Redzone Defense (%) neb_logo
Redzone Defense (%) 63% (T-7)
86% (T-28)
Redzone Offense (%) Push
3rd Down Conv. % 42.47 (49)
34.75 (37)
3rd Down Defense % Push
3rd Down Defense % 38.13 (53)
43.59 (43)
3rd Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs Per Game 23.11 (36)
18.22 (28)
1st Downs Allowed PG Push
1st Downs Allowed PG 17.89 (26)
24.33 (21)
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: Nebraska may own a 9-6 advantage in the logo battle, but these two teams are strikingly even on the stat sheet. It would seem that every strength Penn State fields, Nebraska can counter; same for the Huskers. Special teams still freak me out, but we've see some improvement over the past few weeks, to where this unit isn't actively costing the team a win. One area that actually excites me about this matchup is the turnover differential between PSU and Nebraska. It's a completely mirror image, but one that heavily favors Penn State. Taylor Martinez loves himself some costly interceptions, while Penn State has done a remarkable job this season avoiding coughing up the ball to the opposing team. Of course, none of this accounts for the immeasurable, like atmosphere, weather, etc. At least in the numbers, Penn State and Nebraska should make for a fun game for both sides.

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