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Just the Stats: Penn State at Illinois

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This offense is inching up a little bit, and the defense stays near the top week in and week out. How do they match up with the Illini?

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Penn St. Nittany Lions (6-4; 2-4 Big Ten) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (4-6; 1-5 Big Ten)

12 p.m. ET, November 22, 2014--ESPN 2
Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 60,670
/ Champaign, IL)

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Illinois Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 103.3 (116) 266.9 (121) Rushing Defense (ypg) Push
Passing Offense (ypg) 237.5 (56) 226.6 (64) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 106.45 (113) 143.11 (106) Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 340.8 (113) 493.5 (114) Total Defense (ypg) Push
Scoring Offense (ppg) 21.3 (T-105) 36.0 (111) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 83.1 (1) 104.6 (115) Rushing Offense (ypg) Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Passing Defense (ypg) 182.5 (16) 255.6 (44) Passing Offense (ypg) Penn_state_logo_medium
Pass Efficiency Defense 96.89 (1) 135.04 (49) Pass Efficiency Penn_state_logo_medium
Total Defense (ypg) 265.6 (3) 360.2 (98) Total Offense (ypg) Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Scoring Defense (ppg) 16.2 (4) 25.6 (85) Scoring Offense (ppg) Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Net Punting Yds 34.66 (110)
9.22 (44) Punt Return Yds
Punt Return Yds 6.88 (T-78) 40.85 (10) Net Punting Yds
Kickoff Return Yds 20.73 (60) 21.85 (85) Kickoff Return Defense Penn_state_logo_medium
Kickoff Return Defense 23.18 (107) 19.83 (83) Kickoff Return Yds Push
Turnover Margin -.1 (T-68)
-.7 (T-108) Turnover Margin Penn_state_logo_medium
Penalty Yds/Game 47.1 (42) 52.1 (57) Penalty Yds/Game Push
Sacks 2.7/gm (T-32) 2.9/gm (T-105) Sacks Allowed Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Sacks Allowed 3.7/gm (121)
1.7/gm (T-87)
Sacks
Redzone Offense (%) 82.4% (69)
90.7% (114)
Redzone Defense (%) Penn_state_logo_medium
Redzone Defense (%) 75.9% (25)
69.4% (118) Redzone Offense (%) Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Redzone TD % 35.29% 69.77%
Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 44.83% 63.89%
Redzone TD % Penn_state_logo_medium
3rd Down Conv. % 38.3% (81)
44.2% (102)
3rd Down Defense % Push
3rd Down Defense % 29.2% (6)
40.4% (64) 3rd Down Conv. % Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
4th Down Conv. % 35.7% (T-108) 45.0% (40) 4th Down Defense %
4th Down Defense % 18.8% (5)
30.0% (115) 4th Down Conv. % Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
1st Downs 193 (92) 242 (109) 1st Downs Allowed Push
1st Downs Allowed 140 (2) 183 (T-102) 1st Downs Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Time of Possession 32:04 (19)
26:21 (118) Time of Possession Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_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: The logos are decidedly in the advantage of the good guys this week, and once again if the Nittany Lion offense can gain what the Illini are giving up, on average, they should be pretty well set this week. After last week's performance against a better defense in the Temple Owls, that may not be as difficult as it otherwise might sound.

What do you guys think?