3:30 p.m. ET, November 23, 2013--BTN
Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 106,572 / University Park, PA)
Difference <25 in National Rank = Push
Difference >25 in National Rank =
Difference >50 in National Rank =
Difference >75 in National Rank =
Difference >100 in National Rank =
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 are a LOT of pushes up there, especially in most categories that matter (ie, the offensive and defensive matchups). This basically matches up well with what I thought going into creating this post--this will be a very evenly matched game.
The problem, of course, comes with Penn State's season-long weaknesses on special teams and third downs, where the Huskers clearly have the edge. I'm actually quite surprised that punting, from this, doesn't seem like it will be much of a liability for the Nittany Lions in this game (not having to punt a single time last week definitely helps), and giving up a kickoff return TD to the Boilers last week definitely skews things--but only a bit.
This may just been the week that Jesse Della Valle gets his special teams score, as Adam "Argyle" Collyer's been predicting for a bit now. I wouldn't bank on it...but it'll be a much better shot than next year. And we're against a team that averages less than four yards per punt return, so I say pressure on special teams, and pressure hard--a mistake in that crucial and oft-overlooked third part of the game, on either side, just might be the deciding factor come Saturday.
What say you all?
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