Penn State's defensive line is other-worldly. According to Bill Connelly, the Nittany Lion defensive line is the best in the country at creating havoc. According to SB Nation's advanced statistical guru, havoc is defined as "a simple method for how much hell a defense is raising". It combines sacks, tackles for loss, forced fumbles, defended passes (both picks and pass break-ups) and divides it all by total plays. Penn State's defensive line currently is causing havoc 12.5% of the time, while the national average is just 5.1% (more on these fun numbers later in the week).
There are many factors playing into that percentage being so high. A lot of it, however, is thanks to the nation's sack leader, Carl Nassib. Nassib now has 11.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, 1 interception and 5 forced fumbles on the season. He's been an unstoppable force.
But could he be this good without his two defensive tackles? Austin Johnson and Anthony Zettel may not have the numbers Nassib has, but they arguably make a more consistent impact from play-to-play. Both will be playing in the NFL, possibly as soon as next season (Nassib, too). Are their impacts felt even more, despite not dominating box scores like Nassib?
It's an interesting question, so let's vote on it. Who do you think is Penn State's best defensive lineman? Vote in the poll, and share your reasoning in the comments section.