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Just the Stats: Big Ten Championship Game

On paper, it may not seem exciting to some of you. But for me? This is stacking up to be the best Big Ten Championship game yet.

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa Hawkeyes (12-0; 8-0 Big Ten West) vs Michigan State Spartans (11-1; 7-1 Big Ten East)

7:30 p.m. ET, December 5, 2015--FOX
Lucas Oil Stadium (Capacity: 67,000
/ Indianapolis, IN)

Iowa Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Michigan State Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 203.7 (32) 118.2 (16) Rushing Defense (ypg) Push
Passing Offense (ypg) 200.6 (92) 231.0 (T-74) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 139.28 (42) 125.76 (68) Pass Efficiency Defense
Total Offense (ypg) 404.3 (63) 349.2 (27) Total Defense (ypg)
Scoring Offense (ppg) 33.7 (41) 21.1 (T-22) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 110.0 (6) 159.6 (159.6 (79) Rushing Offense (ypg)
Passing Defense (ypg) 221.7 (63) 239.8 (48) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 1107.66 (12) 143.08 (36) Pass Efficiency Push
Total Defense (ypg) 331.7 (21) 399.4 (68) 399.4 (68)
Scoring Defense (ppg) 18.7 (15) 33.4 (44) Scoring Offense (ppg)
Net Punting Yds 36.72 (83) 2.8 (119) Punt Return Yds
Punt Return Yds 13.06 (17) 34.84 (114) Net Punting Yds
Kickoff Return Yds 23.62 (106) 21.43 (68) Kickoff Return Defense
Kickoff Return Defense 23.12 (32) 21.18 (62) Kickoff Return Yds
Turnover Margin +1.17 (T-4) +1.17 (T-4) Turnover Margin Push
Penalty Yds/Game 49.0 (T-42) 40.58 (17) Penalty Yds/Game
Sacks 2.25/gm (T-52) 1.25/gm (T-19) Sacks Allowed
Sacks Allowed 1.67/gm (T-47)
2.67/gm (T-25)
Sacks Push
Redzone Offense (%) 87.8% (37)
85.7% (T-83)
Redzone Defense (%)
Redzone Defense (%) 80.0% (T-42)
85.1% (54) Redzone Offense (%) Push
Redzone TD % 71.43% 65.71%
Redzone TD % Defense
Redzone TD % Defense 53.33% 72.34%
Redzone TD % Push
3rd Down Conv. % 44.2% (29)
35.8% (46)
3rd Down Defense % Push
3rd Down Defense % 35.6% (43)
50.6% (7) 3rd Down Conv. %
4th Down Conv. % 60.0% (T-33) 50.0% (T-60) 4th Down Defense %
4th Down Defense % 54.2% (T-83)
40.0% (103) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 253 (T-55) 215 (T-28) 1st Downs Allowed
1st Downs Allowed 231 (T-52) 264 (43) 1st Downs Push
Time of Possession 32:13 (25)
33:01 (12) 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: For a matchup between two teams that really should both be undefeated (thanks, team O'Neill), this looks to be a good one. After so many years in East Lansing, never count out a Dantonio coached team; and this Iowa team has already set records for the Hawkeyes, and is continually being underrated, even at 12-0.

We'll have some more coverage of the matchup coming your way later this week, but for now, what do you guys think?