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Minnesota Golden Gophers By The Numbers

Penn State

Value (Nat'l Rank)

Value (Nat'l Rank)

Minnesota Golden Gophers


Rushing Offense (ypg) 126.0 (85) 201.1 (102) Rushing Defense (ypg) Push 
Passing Offense (ypg) 209.2 (70) 213.1 (64) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 110.0 (104) 162.1 (118) Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 335.2 (85) 414.3 (97) Total Defense (ypg) Push
Scoring Offense (ppg) 18.2 (102) 31.7 (98) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 145.5 (58) 141.6 (76) Rushing Offense (ypg) Push
Passing Defense (ypg) 169.3 (18) 238.6 (60) Passing Offense (ypg) Psulogo_medium
Pass Efficiency Defense 132.5 (77) 138.6 (36) Pass Efficiency Minnesota_logo_medium
Total Defense (ypg) 314.8 (26) 380.1 (60) Total Offense (ypg) Psulogo_medium
Scoring Defense (ppg) 18.0 (21) 24.9 (76) Scoring Offense (ppg) Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Net Punting Yds 39.2 (22) 7.2 (71) Punt Return Yds Psulogo_medium
Punt Return Yds 7.1 (T-74) 32.6 (108) Net Punting Yds Psulogo_medium
Kickoff Return Yds 26.8 (9) 21.9 (73) Kickoff Return Defense Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Kickoff Return Defense 18.4 (10) 21.3 (68) Kickoff Return Yds Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Turnover Margin -0.2 (71) 0.43 (41) Turnover Margin Minnesota_logo_medium
Penalty Yds/Game 21.8 (1) 45.4 (30) Penalty Yds/Game Psulogo_medium
Sacks 1.33 (91) 1.14 (25) Sacks Allowed Minnesota_logo_mediumMinnesota_logo_medium
Sacks Allowed 0.83 (14) 0.43 (120) Sacks Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Redzone Offense (%) 0.70 (T-109) 0.88 (T-93) Redzone Defense (%) Push
Redzone Defense (%) 1.0 (T-120) 0.89 (T-18) Redzone Offense (%) Minnesota_logo_mediumMinnesota_logo_mediumMinnesota_logo_mediumMinnesota_logo_medium
Redzone TD % 0.30 0.73 Redzone TD % Defense Minnesota_logo_mediumMinnesota_logo_mediumMinnesota_logo_medium
Redzone TD % Defense 0.69 0.58 Redzone TD % Push
3rd Down Conv. % 38.8 (71) 50.0 (T-114) 3rd Down Defense % Psulogo_medium
3rd Down Defense % 24.3 (3) 41.6 (48) 3rd Down Conv. % Psulogo_medium
1st Downs Per Game 17.0 (T-97) 19.4 (T-66) 1st Downs Allowed PG Minnesota_logo_medium
1st Downs Allowed PG 15.5 (T-12) 20.9 (45) 1st Downs Per Game Psulogo_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

Differences >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 judgement.

More analysis after the jump.  

At this point in the season it's really difficult to evaluate how accurate Penn State's numbers are. They played very poorly against three very good defenses, but then they played pretty well against three pretty bad defenses. So the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle, and I would guess a little closer to the bad side.

The good news this week is that State will be playing a defense that hasn't proven to be very stiff. The Gophers give up nearly 32 points per game and don't seem to be good at stopping the run or the pass. Hopefully this is the week where Penn State can have some success and build a little confidence.

The Gopher offense has been pretty middle-of-the-road to date scoring 25 points per game and averaging 380 yards of total offense. The Penn State defense has been good, but not great. The big question for the Lions is how many guys they can get on the field after missing 10 or 11 guys against Illinois. If Mauti, Gbadyu, Hodges, Stanley, and Massaro all return it will help Penn State tremendously.

Special teams continue to be a strength of this Penn State squad, and they should have the advantage in this game. A big play to either score or set up an easy score for the offense could be the spark this team has been looking for for weeks.