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Just the Stats: Big Ten Championship

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It’s East vs West as the No. 7 Nittany Lions take on the No. 6 Badgers

Penn State v Wisconsin
We’re number 7 (though Geno Lewis is also playing on Saturday, but in crimson)
Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images

#7 Penn State (10-2; 8-1 Big Ten East) vs #6 Wisconsin (10-2; 7-2 Big Ten West)

8:17 p.m. ET, December 3, 2016--FOX

Lucas Oil Stadium (Capacity: 67,455 / Indianapolis, IN)

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Wisconsin
Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 178.7 (62) 100.8 (3) Rushing Defense (ypg) Wisconsin_logo_mediumWisconsin_logo_medium
Passing Offense (ypg) 251.0 (51) 191.3 (23) Passing Defense (ypg) Wisconsin_logo_medium
Pass Efficiency 150.55 (25) 97.66 (5) Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 429.7 (56) 292.0 (7) Total Defense (ypg) Wisconsin_logo_medium
Scoring Offense (ppg) 36.6 (25) 13.7 (3) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 146.3 (46) 201.5 (44) Rushing Offense (ypg) Push
Passing Defense (ypg) 200.5 (30) 179.6 (106) Passing Offense (ypg) new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Pass Efficiency Defense 118.39 (26) 130.88 (68) Pass Efficiency new PSU logo
Total Defense (ypg) 346.8 (20) 381.1 (91) Total Offense (ypg) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Scoring Defense (ppg) 22.8 (30) 28.5 (66) Scoring Offense (ppg) new PSU logo
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 7.47 (56) 7.15 (76) Punt Return Yds Push
Punt Return Yds 6.11 (94) 7.71 (60) Punt Return Defense (ypr) Wisconsin_logo_medium
Net Punting Yds 36.96 (74) 34.36 (116) Net Punting Yds new PSU logo
Kickoff Return Yds 19.28 (91) 20.04 (52) Kickoff Return Defense Wisconsin_logo_medium
Kickoff Return Defense 18.66 (28) 19.65 (85) Kickoff Return Yds new PSU logonew PSU logo
Turnover Margin +.42 (T-29) +.75 (13) Turnover Margin Push
Penalty Yds/Game 44.33 (25) 31.67 (4) Penalty Yds/Game Push
Sacks 3.08/gm (T-12) 1.67/gm (T-39) Sacks Allowed new PSU logo
Sacks Allowed 1.83/gm (T-51)
2.58/gm (28)
Sacks Push
Redzone Offense (%) 85.2% (54)
75.0% (T-16)
Redzone Defense (%) Wisconsin_logo_medium
Redzone Defense (%) 87.5% (T-84)
84.0% (65) Redzone Offense (%) Push
Redzone TD % 52.46% 40.63%
Redzone TD % Defense Wisconsin_logo_medium
Redzone TD % Defense 57.5% 64.0%
Redzone TD % Push
3rd Down Conv. % 32.2% (121)
26.6% (3)
3rd Down Defense % Wisconsin_logo_mediumWisconsin_logo_mediumWisconsin_logo_mediumWisconsin_logo_medium
3rd Down Defense % 37.0% (38)
43.1% (44) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 58.8% (39) 35.7% (16) 4th Down Defense % Push
4th Down Defense % 40.0% (T-30)
54.5% (52) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 241 (80) 190 (10) 1st Downs Allowed Wisconsin_logo_mediumWisconsin_logo_medium
1st Downs Allowed 219 (T-24) 244 (77) 1st Downs new PSU logonew PSU logo
Time of Possession 28:12 (95)
35:12 (1) Time of Possession Wisconsin_logo_mediumWisconsin_logo_mediumWisconsin_logo_medium
Strength of Schedule 6
3
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:

Honestly? I thought there'd be more red on there.

And considering the fact that these stats take in the entire season's worth of data into their rankings - and since the end of September, PSU has played like a different (much better) team - I'd say that bodes very well for the Nittany Lions.

Not to take Wisconsin lightly; they have a very, very good defense. And they like to pound the rock - so take that away from them, and this could be very winnable. And special teams should be a standout for the Lions.