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After an Oh So Close performance against the Buckeyes last week, how do the Nittany Lions match up with the Terps?

It's their kicker. Running with the ball.
It's their kicker. Running with the ball.
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Penn St. Nittany Lions (4-3; 1-3 Big Ten) vs Maryland Terrapins (5-3; 2-2 Big Ten)

12 p.m. ET, November 1, 2014--ESPN 2
Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 107,282
/ University Park, PA)

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Maryland Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 82.1 (120) 212.4 (108) Rushing Defense (ypg) Push
Passing Offense (ypg) 274.0 (34) 246.0 (81) Passing Defense (ypg) Penn_state_logo_medium
Pass Efficiency 116.68 (96) 121.28 (50) Pass Efficiency Defense
Total Offense (ypg) 356.1 (101) 458.4 (103) Total Defense (ypg) Push
Scoring Offense (ppg) 21.6 (103) 29.3 (83) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 83.4 (3) 137.5 (95) Rushing Offense (ypg) Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Passing Defense (ypg) 201.3 (28) 236.4 (64) Passing Offense (ypg) Penn_state_logo_medium
Pass Efficiency Defense 107.74 (19) 127.12 (68) Pass Efficiency Penn_state_logo_medium
Total Defense (ypg) 284.7 (7) 373.9 (88) Total Offense (ypg) Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Scoring Defense (ppg) 17.4 (9) 31.6 (T-49) Scoring Offense (ppg) Penn_state_logo_medium
Net Punting Yds 33.54 (115)
17.54 (6) Punt Return Yds
Punt Return Yds 6.64 (81) 34.04 (112) Net Punting Yds Penn_state_logo_medium
Kickoff Return Yds 21.28 (58) 21.89 (86) Kickoff Return Defense Penn_state_logo_medium
Kickoff Return Defense 25.24 (117) 23.68 (25) Kickoff Return Yds
Turnover Margin -.14 (78)
-.13 (T-70) Turnover Margin Push
Penalty Yds/Game 43.86 (28) 52.13 (53) Penalty Yds/Game Penn_state_logo_medium
Sacks 2.71/gm (T-30) 2.38/gm (T-85) Sacks Allowed Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Sacks Allowed 3.88/gm (T-119)
2.63/gm (T-36)
Sacks
Redzone Offense (%) 80.8% (T-84)
74.3% (21)
Redzone Defense (%)
Redzone Defense (%) 70.8% (13)
90.5% (19) Redzone Offense (%) Push
Redzone TD % 38.46% 57.14%
Redzone TD % Defense
Redzone TD % Defense 45.83% 66.67%
Redzone TD % Penn_state_logo_medium
3rd Down Conv. % 42.7% (50)
39.7% (73)
3rd Down Defense % Push
3rd Down Defense % 35.5% (37)
35.6% (102) 3rd Down Conv. % Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
4th Down Conv. % 27.3% (115) 44.4% (T-39) 4th Down Defense %
4th Down Defense % 21.4% (8)
75% (T-11) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 143 (101) 183 (T-99) 1st Downs Allowed Push
1st Downs Allowed 104 (3) 152 (T-82) 1st Downs Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Time of Possession 31:40 (31)
28:01 (102) Time of Possession Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium

Difference

Difference >25 in National Rank = Penn_state_logo_medium

Difference >50 in National Rank = Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium

Difference >75 in National Rank = Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium

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: Punting, red zone, and sacks.

Those are the clear areas of weakness for Penn State going into this week's matchup with Maryland, and though the defense played against one of the best offenses in the nation last week, their stats barely suffered--they're still top ten in scoring, total, and rush D, and the PSU passing defense actually improved quite a bit. This is a Penn State defense of old, and if they're even remotely on point, the Terrapins should suffer for it.

Now, if only the Penn State offense can build on what it started in the fourth quarter in the white out and capitalize...

What do you guys think?