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Just the Stats: No. 7 Penn State at No. 24 Michigan State

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NCAA Football: Michigan State at Penn State Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Penn St. Nittany Lions (7-1; 4-1 Big Ten East) vs Michigan State Spartans (6-2; 4-1 Big Ten East)

12:00 p.m. ET, November 4, 2017--Fox

Spartan Stadium (Capacity: 75,005 / East Lansing, MI)

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Michigan State Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 163.1 (65) 89.8 (4) Rushing Defense (ypg)
Passing Offense (ypg) 277.6 (29) 193.6 (31) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 152.77 (17) 108.13 (17) Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 440.8 (42) 283.4 (8) Total Defense (ypg)
Scoring Offense (ppg) 39.8 (14) 19.6 (24) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 126.0 (26) 167.1 (64) Rushing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo
Passing Defense (ypg) 187.6 (25) 226.5 (67) Passing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo
Pass Efficiency Defense 107.96 (15) 132.23 (63) Pass Efficiency new PSU logo
Total Defense (ypg) 313.6 (19) 393.6 (71) Total Offense (ypg) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Scoring Defense (ppg) 13.3 (7) 23.8 (97) Scoring Offense (ppg) new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 3.83 (25) 3.11 (119) Punt Return Yds new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Punt Return Yds 15.11 (10) 3.25 (T - 19) Punt Return Defense (ypr) Push
Net Punting Yds 40.54 (26) 38.20 (T - 62) Net Punting Yds new PSU logo
Kickoff Return Yds 28.12 (3) 24.50 (112) Kickoff Return Defense new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Kickoff Return Defense 20.30 (60) 23.29 (33) Kickoff Return Yds
Turnover Margin +1.75 (T - 2) -.25 (T - 80) Turnover Margin new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Passes Had Intercepted 5 (T - 38) 6 (T - 71) Passes Intercepted new PSU logo
Passes Intercepted 9 (T - 30) 4 (T - 18) Passes Had Intercepted Push
Penalty Yds/Game 39.39 (14) 57.13 (74) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logonew PSU logo
Sacks 3.25 (T - 8) 1.25 (T - 18) Sacks Allowed Push
Sacks Allowed 2.50 (T - 91) 2.38 (T - 38) Sacks
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 8.1 (8) 5.75 (T - 60) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 8.75 (T - 127) 5.6 (T - 73) Tackles for Loss (tpg)
Redzone Offense (%) 85.7% (T - 52) 90.0% (T - 107) Redzone Defense (%) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Redzone Defense (%) 77.8% (38) 77.4% (T - 100) Redzone Offense (%) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Redzone TD % 71.43% 60.00% Redzone TD % Defense new PSU logo
Redzone TD % Defense 55.56% 61.29% Redzone TD % new PSU logo
3rd Down Conv. % 40.4% (60) 30.5% (T - 19) 3rd Down Defense %
3rd Down Defense % 35.1% (44) 41.5% (51) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 50.0% (T - 65) 58.3% (T - 96) 4th Down Defense % new PSU logo
4th Down Defense % 53.3% (81) 58.3% (44) 4th Down Conv. %
1st Downs 171 (T - 52) 125 (14) 1st Downs Allowed
1st Downs Allowed 145 (T - 38) 170 (55) 1st Downs Push
Time of Possession 29:41 (72) 33:52 (7) Time of Possession
Strength of Schedule 56 18 Strength of Schedule

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+.

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:

Quite a bit fewer pushes than last week - not surprising. Also not surprising is the drop in the rankings of the Penn State defense after this week’s less than stellar showing against Ohio State; they’re still ranked in the top twenty five in most categories, though.

I shouldn’t be so surprised that Penn State’s special teams are just that much better than a lot of the teams they play - but I am. And this week, that’s obvious again. That plus turnovers should bode well for the team in white this weekend.

What say you all?