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YOUR Penn State Nittany Lions now have the #1 rush defense in the Nation. Damn, that felt good to type.

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Penn St. Nittany Lions (4-0; 1-0 Big Ten) vs Northwestern Wildcats (1-2; 0-0 Big Ten)

12 p.m. ET, September 27, 2014--BTN
Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 107,282
/ University Park, PA)

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Northwestern Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 113.8 (105) 139.7 (57) Rushing Defense (ypg) Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium
Passing Offense (ypg) 329.5 (16) 257.3 (93) Passing Defense (ypg) Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Pass Efficiency 133.88 (68) 128.26 (73) Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 443.3 (55) 397.0 (75) Total Defense (ypg) Push
Scoring Offense (ppg) 27.0 (T-82) 20.3 (37) Scoring Defense (ppg) Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium
Rushing Defense (ypg) 49.5 (1) 115.3 (103) Rushing Offense (ypg) Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Passing Defense (ypg) 221.3 (56) 228.3 (74) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 105.26 (20) 116.5 (95) Pass Efficiency Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Total Defense (ypg) 270.8 (10) 343.7 (103) Total Offense (ypg) Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Scoring Defense (ppg) 11.0 (6) 21.0 (101) Scoring Offense (ppg) Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Net Punting Yds 34.47 (105)
11.67 (39) Punt Return Yds Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_mediumLogo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium
Punt Return Yds 3.5 (109) 33.7 (110) Net Punting Yds Push
Kickoff Return Yds 24.3 (31) 18.5 (T-37) Kickoff Return Defense Push
Kickoff Return Defense 24.0 (107) 20.5 (66) Kickoff Return Yds Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium
Turnover Margin 0.0 (T-66)
0.33 (48) Turnover Margin Push
Penalty Yds/Game 51.75 (57) 42.67 (30) Penalty Yds/Game Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium
Sacks 3.0/gm (T-23) 2.67/gm (T-100) Sacks Allowed Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Sacks Allowed 2.5/gm (T-97)
2.67/gm (T-37)
Sacks Logo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_mediumLogo-northwestern-wildcats-575x575.s600x600_medium
Redzone Offense (%) 83.3% (T-62)
88.9% (T-80)
Redzone Defense (%) Push
Redzone Defense (%) 63.6% (8)
87.5% (45) Redzone Offense (%) Penn_state_logo_medium
Redzone TD % 44.44% 66.67%
Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 36.36% 62.5%
Redzone TD % Penn_state_logo_medium
3rd Down Conv. % 50.8% (17)
37.3% (59)
3rd Down Defense % Penn_state_logo_medium
3rd Down Defense % 31.6% (30)
43.9% (50) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 66.7% (T-36) 55.6% (70) 4th Down Defense % Penn_state_logo_medium
4th Down Defense % 22.2% (20)
42.9% (T-78) 4th Down Conv. % Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
1st Downs 93 (28) 65 (48) 1st Downs Allowed Push
1st Downs Allowed 56 (T-25) 58 (110) 1st Downs Penn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_mediumPenn_state_logo_medium
Time of Possession 33:55 (10)
28:59 (79) 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: What a difference a year makes. Last year, we were awful, awful, awful on third downs--and we were disappointed in our defense. This year, we're top twenty in third down conversions--and top ten in total and scoring D, and have the aforementioned #1 ranked rush defense in the nation--despite being one of only a few highly ranked defenses to have played four games. 2014 is a good defensive year, no doubt.

Also, Northwestern has a pretty good defense, y'all--but that offense? Woof. What a departure, seemingly, from recent years past.

What do you guys think?