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Just the Stats: No. 12 Penn State vs Iowa

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Fresh off a top 15 ranking, the Nittany Lions play host to the Hawkeyes in another night game at the Beav.

Penn State v Iowa
Yeah, it’s a different #9. But it’s a #9.
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Penn St. Nittany Lions (6-2; 4-1 Big Ten East) vs Iowa Hawkeyes (5-3; 3-2 Big Ten West)

7:30 p.m. ET, November 5, 2016--BTN

Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 107,282 / University Park, PA)

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Iowa Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 161.5 (82) 153.8 (54) Rushing Defense (ypg)
Passing Offense (ypg) 230.5 (67) 223.6 (60) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 138.27 (51) 124.48 (47) Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 392.0 (81) 377.4 (44) Total Defense (ypg)
Scoring Offense (ppg) 33.6 (39) 18.9 (16) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 183.4 (81) 167.9 (72) Rushing Offense (ypg) Push
Passing Defense (ypg) 197.0 (25) 180.3 (107) Passing Offense (ypg) new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Pass Efficiency Defense 118.01 (35) 130.35 (68) Pass Efficiency new PSU logo
Total Defense (ypg) 380.4 (47) 348.1 (113) Total Offense (ypg) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Scoring Defense (ppg) 27.0 (T-62) 28.1 (T-74) Scoring Offense (ppg) Push
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 8.07 (T-73)
10.57 (31) Punt Return Yds
Punt Return Yds 5.18 (93) 14.25 (118) Punt Return Defense (ypr) new PSU logo
Net Punting Yds 35.64 (99) 37.37 (70) Net Punting Yds
Kickoff Return Yds 19.29 (93) 21.33 (75) Kickoff Return Defense Push
Kickoff Return Defense 18.4 (30) 27.84 (6) Kickoff Return Yds Push
Turnover Margin +.13 (55)
+.88 (T-12) Turnover Margin
Penalty Yds/Game 47.0 (34) 46.13 (29) Penalty Yds/Game Push
Sacks 2.88/gm (T-24) 2.5/gm (T-91) Sacks Allowed new PSU logonew PSU logo
Sacks Allowed 2.0/gm (T-55)
2.38/gm (T-52)
Sacks Push
Redzone Offense (%) 86.5% (T-53) 69.6% (5)
Redzone Defense (%)
Redzone Defense (%) 90.0% (97)
92.6% (11) Redzone Offense (%)
Redzone TD % 54.05% 52.17%
Redzone TD % Defense
Redzone TD % Defense 63.33% 70.37%
Redzone TD %
3rd Down Conv. % 25.3% (128)
34.3% (29)
3rd Down Defense %
3rd Down Defense % 38.9% (66)
37.1% (91) 3rd Down Conv. % new PSU logo
4th Down Conv. % 66.7% (T-14) 53.3% (T-74) 4th Down Defense % new PSU logonew PSU logo
4th Down Defense % 50.0% (T-48)
83.3% (3) 4th Down Conv. %
1st Downs 156 (100) 160 (47) 1st Downs Allowed
1st Downs Allowed 154 (41) 143 (T-113) 1st Downs new PSU logonew PSU logo
Time of Possession 26:19 (115)
25:18 (123) Time of Possession Push
Strength of Schedule 18 40 Strength of Schedule 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: All of the above rankings are taken directly from the NCAA except for strength of schedule, which is not ranked by the NCAA and instead taken from S&P (Football Outsiders).

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:

Is it me, or does this Iowa team look - on paper, at least - like PSU 2015 but with better special teams? I mean, look at those offensive numbers and the sack rate...and the defensive numbers (but not as good as Penn State's last year).

Iowa is very good in the red zone, so if the Lions can keep them out of the red zone, the day should be long for the Hawkeyes. Neither team appears to want the ball very long, but Penn State is trending up and can score very quickly without a lot of first downs - as evidenced by the 5 points per game and 50 yards per game on offense, but a very similar time of possession.

The home field advantage is big in this one, as is PSU's defense trending up. Coach Chaos' boys have got to be foaming at the lips at this opportunity.