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Just the Stats: Penn State vs Ohio State

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Once again, PSU has the #1 rush defense in the nation. This time, though, they face an offense almost as potent--and last time they were #1, they didn't fare too well.

Jamie Sabau

Penn St. Nittany Lions (4-2; 1-2 Big Ten) vs Ohio State Buckeyes (5-1; 2-0 Big Ten)

8 p.m. ET, October 25, 2014--ABC
Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 107,282
/ University Park, PA)

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Ohio State Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 93.2 (118) 137.8 (41) Rushing Defense (ypg)
Passing Offense (ypg) 282.3 (32) 181.7 (16) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 120.54 (86) 112.31 (29) Pass Efficiency Defense
Total Offense (ypg) 375.5 (88) 319.5 (15) Total Defense (ypg)
Scoring Offense (ppg) 21.2 (108) 20.2 (24) Scoring Defense (ppg)
Rushing Defense (ypg) 60.8 (1) 259.8 (16) Rushing Offense (ypg) Push
Passing Defense (ypg) 222.5 (54) 274.0 (34) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 109.25 (22) 179.94 (2) Pass Efficiency Push
Total Defense (ypg) 283.3 (6) 533.8 (9) Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 15.2 (6) 46.5 (4) Scoring Offense (ppg) Push
Net Punting Yds 33.14 (118)
13.29 (22) Punt Return Yds
Punt Return Yds 7.56 (74) 40.15 (20) Net Punting Yds
Kickoff Return Yds 21.75 (51) 17.4 (13) Kickoff Return Defense
Kickoff Return Defense 24.86 (116) 22.25 (45) Kickoff Return Yds
Turnover Margin -.17 (T-81)
.83 (T-21) Turnover Margin
Penalty Yds/Game 44.17 (24) 46.5 (32) Penalty Yds/Game Push
Sacks 2.67/gm (T-36) 2.17/gm (T-78) Sacks Allowed Penn_state_logo_medium
Sacks Allowed 3.33/gm (116)
2.67/gm (T-36)
Sacks
Redzone Offense (%) 82.6% (71)
86.7% (84)
Redzone Defense (%) Push
Redzone Defense (%) 63.2% (3)
82.4% (72) Redzone Offense (%) Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Redzone TD % 39.13% 80.0%
Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 38.46% 70.59%
Redzone TD % Penn_state_logo_medium
3rd Down Conv. % 42.4% (53)
33.8% (31)
3rd Down Defense % Push
3rd Down Defense % 34.8% (33)
49.3% (10) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 30.0% (111) 75.0% (117) 4th Down Defense % Push
4th Down Defense % 16.7% (4)
50.0% (T-56) 4th Down Conv. % Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
1st Downs 123 (109) 103 (9) 1st Downs Allowed
1st Downs Allowed 85 (1) 173 (T-22) 1st Downs Push
Time of Possession 32:43 (19)
31:19 (22) Time of Possession Push

Difference

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Difference >100 in National Rank = Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_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: Honestly? There's a lot more pushes on there than I expected with teams trending in opposite directions--one who has had multiple squeaked out wins, versus one riding a school-record 50+ point streak. That's the story of this year's defense, though, which harkens back to the PSU defense of old--and will need a strong showing if the Lions are going to make a half decent game of it on Saturday.

What do you guys think?