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Just the Stats: Penn State vs Illinois

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After a two game stint away, which saw the Nittany Lions split the outcome, the team heads home to take on an Illinois squad with an interim head coach that's exceeded expectations on the year.

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Penn St. Nittany Lions (6-2; 3-1 Big Ten East) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (4-3; 1-2 Big Ten West)

12 p.m. ET, October 31, 2015--ESPN2
Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 107,282
/ University Park, PA)

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Illinois Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 148.4 (93) 149.4 (50) Rushing Defense (ypg)
Passing Offense (ypg) 194.6 (94) 195.4 (38) Passing Defense (ypg)
Pass Efficiency 130.19 (71) 109.71 (25) Pass Efficiency Defense
Total Offense (ypg) 343.0 (109) 344.9 (33) Total Defense (ypg)
Scoring Offense (ppg) 24.0 (98) 20.3 (31) Scoring Defense (ppg)
Rushing Defense (ypg) 157.3 (57) 125.7 (108) Rushing Offense (ypg) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Passing Defense (ypg) 161.4 (10) 259.6 (37) Passing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo
Pass Efficiency Defense 114.47 (36) 115.92 (103) Pass Efficiency new PSU logonew PSU logo
Total Defense (ypg) 318.6 (23) 385.3 (82) Total Offense (ypg) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Scoring Defense (ppg) 19.3 (26) 26.3 (84) Scoring Offense (ppg) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Net Punting Yds 35.8 (91)
12.05 (33) Punt Return Yds
Punt Return Yds 9.0 (61) 32.51 (122) Net Punting Yds new PSU logonew PSU logo
Kickoff Return Yds 22.71 (43) 19.05 (33) Kickoff Return Defense Push
Kickoff Return Defense 25.58 (116) 21.44 (62) Kickoff Return Yds
Turnover Margin +1.13 (T-10) +.29 (T-51) Turnover Margin new PSU logo
Penalty Yds/Game 41.88 (19) 52.14 (55) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logo
Sacks 3.88/gm (1) 1.14/gm (T-15) Sacks Allowed Push
Sacks Allowed 3.5/gm (T-124)
1.29/gm (T-111)
Sacks Push
Redzone Offense (%) 88.9% (27)
84.2% (T-70)
Redzone Defense (%) new PSU logo
Redzone Defense (%) 91.3% (T-113)
73.1% (119) Redzone Offense (%) Push
Redzone TD % 51.85% 47.37%
Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 69.57% 50.0%
Redzone TD % Push
3rd Down Conv. % 27.8% (125)
27.3% (6)
3rd Down Defense %
3rd Down Defense % 34.2% (39)
37.6% (85) 3rd Down Conv. % new PSU logo
4th Down Conv. % 22.2% (T-122) 46.2% (58) 4th Down Defense %
4th Down Defense % 20.0% (6)
53.3% (T-58) 4th Down Conv. % new PSU logonew PSU logo
1st Downs 124 (T-111) 120 (18) 1st Downs Allowed
1st Downs Allowed 140 (48) 145 (74) 1st Downs new PSU logo
Time of Possession 28:51 (86)
29:36 (78) Time of Possession Push

Difference

Difference >25 in National Rank = new PSU logo

Difference >50 in National Rank = new PSU logonew PSU logo

Difference >75 in National Rank = new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo

Difference >100 in National Rank = new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo

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: On paper, it looks like there won't be a lot of points in this game--though the Illini aren't particularly adept at getting to the quarterback, so perhaps Hackenberg won't spend all day on his back.

This week should be a good test for the offense, as once again if they can get near what Illinois is letting up year to date the defense should be able to take care of the rest. Illinois seems to be, in many ways, a mirror of Penn State this year--but with an us-against-the-world mentality without Beckman.

What do you guys think?