Just the Stats: Penn State at Ohio State

Jamie Sabau

Penn St. Nittany Lions (4-2; 1-1 Big Ten) vs Ohio St. Buckeyes (7-0; 3-0 Big Ten)

8:00 p.m. ET, October 26, 2013--ABC
Ohio Stadium (Capacity: 102,329
/ Columbus, OH

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Ohio State Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 157.2 (79) 92.4 (7)
Rushing Defense (ypg) Ohio-State-Logo.jpgOhio-State-Logo.jpg
Passing Offense (ypg) 283.7 (26)
240.7 (T-78) Passing Defense (ypg) Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Pass Efficiency 130.29 (66) 130.47 (71)
Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 440.8 (49) 333.1 (15)
Total Defense (ypg) Ohio-State-Logo.jpg
Scoring Offense (ppg) 33.3 (43)
19.9 (22)
Scoring Defense (ppg) Ohio-State-Logo.jpg
Rushing Defense (ypg) 117.7 (21) 279.6 (11) Rushing Offense (ypg) Push
Passing Defense (ypg) 218.2 (46) 213.6 (81) Passing Offense (ypg) Psulogo_medium
Pass Efficiency Defense 118.55 (36)
163.9 (8)
Pass Efficiency Ohio-State-Logo.jpg
Total Defense (ypg) 335.8 (17) 493.1 (20) Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 23.7 (48)
45.0 (7) Scoring Offense (ppg) Ohio-State-Logo.jpg
Net Punting Yds 35.78 (87)
12.43 (30) Punt Return Yds Ohio-State-Logo.jpgOhio-State-Logo.jpg
Punt Return Yds 10.38 (40)
40.0 (13) Net Punting Yds Ohio-State-Logo.jpg
Kickoff Return Yds 21.67 (63)
19.97 (39)
Kickoff Return Defense Ohio-State-Logo.jpg
Kickoff Return Defense 23.35 (92) 23.62 (31)
Kickoff Return Yds Ohio-State-Logo.jpgOhio-State-Logo.jpg
Turnover Margin -.7 (T-101)
.7 (T-23) Turnover Margin Ohio-State-Logo.jpgOhio-State-Logo.jpgOhio-State-Logo.jpg
Penalty Yds/Game 33.83 (12) 45.71 (T-50) Penalty Yds/Game Psulogo_medium
Sacks 2.33/gm (41)
1.43 (T-36)
Sacks Allowed Push
Sacks Allowed 2.5/gm (T-91)
2.29 (47)
Sacks Ohio-State-Logo.jpg
Redzone Offense (%) 95.7% (T-4)
81% (52)
Redzone Defense (%) Psulogo_medium
Redzone Defense (%) 83.3% (T-60)
91.4% (16)
Redzone Offense (%) Ohio-State-Logo.jpg
Redzone TD % 69.6% 57.14%
Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 44.4%
Redzone TD % Psulogo_medium
3rd Down Conv. % 27.8% (116)
30.2% (13)
3rd Down Defense % Ohio-State-Logo.jpgOhio-State-Logo.jpgOhio-State-Logo.jpgOhio-State-Logo.jpg
3rd Down Defense % 28.1% (5)
51% (12) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 58.5% (34) 25.6% (78)
4th Down Defense % Psulogo_medium
4th Down Defense % 0% (T-1)
68.8% (T-16)
4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 141 (T-65) 127 (43)
1st Downs Allowed Push
1st Downs Allowed 95 (3)
182 (14) 1st Downs Push
Time of Posession 29:41 (62)
32:49 (15)
Time of Posession Ohio-State-Logo.jpg

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: I was feeling pretty good when calculating all of these...until I hit the special teams portion. Then, with that and the turnover margin woo doggy, things went south pretty fast.

Aside from that, though (and yes, I'm well aware that that's a big aside), these teams are pretty evenly matched up--these two don't look, on paper, like the 7-0 top five team vs the team that lost to Indiana that they are. The obvious exception, of course, is the third down percentage when Penn State is on offense; but, on the plus side, if our third down % is at Ohio State's defense's season average--we'd be above our season average! So, yay?

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