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Just the Stats: Penn State vs Michigan State

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It's senior day, and the Land Grant trophy is up for grabs! How do the Lions match up?...not too well, as is expected.

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Penn St. Nittany Lions (6-5; 2-5 Big Ten) vs Michigan State (9-2; 6-1 Big Ten)

3:30 p.m. ET, November 29, 2014--ABC/ESPN 2
Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 107,282
/ University Park, PA)

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Michigan State Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 109.5 (113) 102.9 (8) Rushing Defense (ypg)
Passing Offense (ypg) 224.4 (65) 196.1 (25) Passing Defense (ypg)
Pass Efficiency 106.97 (113) 106.08 (12) Pass Efficiency Defense
Total Offense (ypg) 333.9 (113) 229.0 (8) Total Defense (ypg)
Scoring Offense (ppg) 20.6 (107) 20.8 (22) Scoring Defense (ppg)
Rushing Defense (ypg) 81.7 (1) 245.5 (19) Rushing Offense (ypg) Push
Passing Defense (ypg) 185.5 (17) 269.0 (36) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 98.74 (3) 154.05 (14) Pass Efficiency Push
Total Defense (ypg) 267.2 (3) 514.5 (7) Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 16.2 (4) 43.9 (6) Scoring Offense (ppg) Push
Net Punting Yds 34.56 (108)
5.52 (99) Punt Return Yds Push
Punt Return Yds 7.12 (79) 35.24 (102) Net Punting Yds Push
Kickoff Return Yds 20.74 (59) 22.98 (105) Kickoff Return Defense Penn_state_logo_medium
Kickoff Return Defense 22.62 (99) 21.82 (46) Kickoff Return Yds
Turnover Margin -.18 (T-74)
1.73 (1) Turnover Margin
Penalty Yds/Game 45.91 (41) 59.0 (86) Penalty Yds/Game Penn_state_logo_medium
Sacks 2.64/gm (T-30) .82/gm (T-4) Sacks Allowed
Sacks Allowed 3.55/gm (T-119)
3.09/gm (T-15)
Sacks
Redzone Offense (%) 80.6% (83)
84.6% (T-81)
Redzone Defense (%) Push
Redzone Defense (%) 78.8% (36)
86.0% (45) Redzone Offense (%) Push
Redzone TD % 36.11% 69.23%
Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 42.42% 70.18%
Redzone TD % Push
3rd Down Conv. % 38.5% (79)
29.8% (9)
3rd Down Defense %
3rd Down Defense % 27.6% (2)
47.5% (14) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 37.5% (106) 52.9% (71) 4th Down Defense %
4th Down Defense % 18.8% (5)
57.1% (T-37) 4th Down Conv. % Penn_state_logo_medium
1st Downs 208 (T-94) 158 (T-4) 1st Downs Allowed
1st Downs Allowed 156 (3) 274 (15) 1st Downs Push
Time of Possession 32:08 (16)
35:16 (1) Time of Possession Push

Difference

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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: I don't really have much to say, because the Spartans are, statistically, even better than Ohio State was when PSU played them. That turned out okay, but based on how the season has turned out to date, you'll find no illusions here that this game will end up the same--there's far fewer Nittany Lion logos up there, and MSU is very well coached.

What do you guys think?