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Just the Stats: Penn State at Rutgers

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This is a completely meaningless exercise this early in the season. I did it anyway.

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Penn St. Nittany Lions (2-0; 0-0 Big Ten) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-0; 0-0 Big Ten)

8 p.m. ET, September 13, 2014--BTN
High Point Solutions Stadium (Capacity: 52,454
/ Piscataway, NJ)

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Rutgers Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 81.5 (113) 132.5 (64) Rushing Defense (ypg) 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Passing Offense (ypg) 386.5 (5) 350.0 (116) Passing Defense (ypg) Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Pass Efficiency 147.78 (44) 147.41 (106) Pass Efficiency Defense Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Total Offense (ypg) 468.0 (46) 482.5 (106) Total Defense (ypg) Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Scoring Offense (ppg) 23.5 (T-97) 31.5 (95) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 46.5 (4) 162.0 (T-74) Rushing Offense (ypg) Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Passing Defense (ypg) 215.0 (61) 284.5 (41) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 110.91 (45) 199.18 (5) Pass Efficiency 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Total Defense (ypg) 261.5 (15) 446.5 (59) Total Offense (ypg) Psulogo_medium
Scoring Defense (ppg) 13.5 (T-23) 39.5 (31) Scoring Offense (ppg) Push
Net Punting Yds 41.33 (T-28)
9.0 (T-51) Punt Return Yds Push
Punt Return Yds 4.67 (T-90) 30.63 (115) Net Punting Yds Psulogo_medium
Kickoff Return Yds 26.0 (T-25) 22.44 (96) Kickoff Return Defense Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Kickoff Return Defense 25.43 (116) 23.88 (42) Kickoff Return Yds 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Turnover Margin -2.5 (T-89)
+1.0 (T-28) Turnover Margin 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Penalty Yds/Game 57.5 (T-76) 59.5 (81) Penalty Yds/Game Push
Sacks 3.0/gm (T-24) 1.0/gm (T-24) Sacks Allowed Push
Sacks Allowed 1.5/gm (T-51)
4.0/gm (T-9)
Sacks 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Redzone Offense (%) 75% (87)
80% (T-50)
Redzone Defense (%) 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Redzone Defense (%) 62.5% (T-25)
87.5% (T-58) Redzone Offense (%) Psulogo_medium
Redzone TD % 25.0% 70.0%
Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 37.5% 50.0%
Redzone TD % Psulogo_medium
3rd Down Conv. % 50.0% (T-26)
51.9% (109)
3rd Down Defense % Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
3rd Down Defense % 33.33% (T-47)
37.5% (90) 3rd Down Conv. % Psulogo_medium
4th Down Conv. % 40% (T-49) 0% (T-1) 4th Down Defense % 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
4th Down Defense % 25% (T-37)
50% (T-49) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 51 (T-31) 43 (T-86) 1st Downs Allowed Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
1st Downs Allowed 28 (T-21) 42 (T-71) 1st Downs Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium
Time of Possession 32:23 (28)
31:30 (46) Time of Possession Push

Difference

Difference >25 in National Rank = Psulogo_medium

Difference >50 in National Rank = Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium

Difference >75 in National Rank = Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_medium

Difference >100 in National Rank = Psulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_mediumPsulogo_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: Did I mention that it's super early in the season--so early that I wasn't even scheduled to do this post, and yet I decided to do it anyway, just because I was interested (and because of all of the Rutgers fans who were clamoring about how their wins meant something, and ours didn't)? If theirs did...it didn't mean much, because we're statistically still ranked better in most categories.

What do you guys think?