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Just the Stats: Penn State vs Minnesota

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We move on from Michigan, and back home.

NCAA Football: Indiana State at Minnesota Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Nittany Lions (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten East) vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten West)

3:30 pm ET, October 1, 2016 - BTN

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

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Minnesota Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 101.3 (122) 118.7 (34) Rushing Defense (ypg) Minnesota logoMinnesota logoMinnesota logo
Passing Offense (ypg) 237.3 (66) 228.7 (68) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 140.36 (52) 133.36 (82) Pass Efficiency Defense new PSU logo
Total Offense (ypg) 338.5 (112) 347.3 (36) Total Defense (ypg) Minnesota logoMinnesota logoMinnesota logo
Scoring Offense (ppg) 29.0 (T-72) 25.0 (56) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 213.8 (104) 228.3 (31) Rushing Offense (ypg) Minnesota logoMinnesota logo
Passing Defense (ypg) 173.8 (20) 201.7 (95) Passing Offense (ypg) new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Pass Efficiency Defense 120.16 (52) 141.8 (49) Pass Efficiency Push
Total Defense (ypg) 387.5 (67) 430.0 (64) Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 32.8 (98) 39.7 (33) Scoring Offense (ppg) Minnesota logoMinnesota logo
Net Punting Yds 38.65 (49)
2.0 (T-111) Punt Return Yds new PSU logonew PSU logo
Punt Return Yds 6.36 (80) 39.64 (39) Net Punting Yds Minnesota logo
Kickoff Return Yds 21.75 (62) 20.75 (64) Kickoff Return Defense Push
Kickoff Return Defense 21.0 (69) 22.0 (56) Kickoff Return Yds Push
Turnover Margin -.1.0 (109) +1.0 (19) Turnover Margin Minnesota logoMinnesota logoMinnesota logo
Penalty Yds/Game 41.25 (T-14) 73.33 (107) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Sacks 2.5/gm (T-42) .33/gm (T-4) Sacks Allowed Minnesota logo
Sacks Allowed 2.75/gm (T-99)
3.0/gm (T-26)
Sacks Minnesota logoMinnesota logo
Redzone Offense (%) 83.3% (T-63)
100.0% (T-116)
Redzone Defense (%) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Redzone Defense (%) 94.7% (T-111)
100.0% (T-1) Redzone Offense (%) Minnesota logoMinnesota logoMinnesota logoMinnesota logo
Redzone TD % 50.0% 100.0%
Redzone TD % Defense new PSU logo
Redzone TD % Defense 78.95% 92.86%
Redzone TD % Minnesota logo
3rd Down Conv. % 24.4% (127)
44.9% (105)
3rd Down Defense % Push
3rd Down Defense % 39.7% (75)
55.8% (5) 3rd Down Conv. % Minnesota logoMinnesota logo
4th Down Conv. % 71.4% (T-30) 50.0% (T-39) 4th Down Defense % Push
4th Down Defense % 50.0% (T-39)
75.0% (T-21) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 72 (92) 62 (30) 1st Downs Allowed Minnesota logoMinnesota logo
1st Downs Allowed 73 (55) 73 (T-88) 1st Downs Push
Time of Possession 26:04 (112)
31:24 (43) Time of Possession Minnesota logoMinnesota logo

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:

This isn't encouraging. I hope that Brandon Smith is back. I hope that the trend of home wins from last season continues this coming week. I hope that the BYE week hasn't treated Minnesota too well, and that the offense rebounds and continues to gel.

Otherwise...welp.

To be clear, I'm still thinking the Nittany Lions roll with this one--the stats were skewed by it still being early, and the domination that was the Michigan game. But these numbers aren't friendly to Franklin's Co.