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Just the Stats: Penn State vs Nebraska

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Senior Day is upon us, with an historical program coming to town.

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Penn St. Nittany Lions (8-2; 5-2 Big Ten East) vs Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-6; 3-4 Big Ten West)

4:00 p.m. ET, November 18, 2017--FS1

Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 106,572 / University Park, PA)

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Nebraska Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 146.0 (86) 200/1 (105) Rushing Defense (ypg) Push
Passing Offense (ypg) 283.6 (26) 211.9 (52) Passing Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Pass Efficiency 152.70 (17) 130.89 (72) Pass Efficiency Defense new PSU logo new PSU logo
Total Offense (ypg) 429.6 (40) 412.0 (82) Total Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Scoring Offense (ppg) 37.7 (17) 32.5 (105) Scoring Defense (ppg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Rushing Defense (ypg) 123.9 (22) 115.6 (113) Rushing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Passing Defense (ypg) 194.4 (33) 273.1 (32) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 107.89 (11) 126.81 (77) Pass Efficiency new PSU logo new PSU logo
Total Defense (ypg) 318.3 (18) 388.7 (77) Total Offense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Scoring Defense (ppg) 13.9 (4) 25.1 (90) Scoring Offense (ppg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 4.29 (T - 25) 6.92 (T - 71) Punt Return Yds new PSU logo
Punt Return Yds 14.10 (14) 10.17 (98) Punt Return Defense (ypr) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Net Punting Yds 39.64 (27) 38.98 (45) Net Punting Yds Push
Kickoff Return Yds 26.15 (7) 23.63 (104) Kickoff Return Defense new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Kickoff Return Defense 20.86 (63) 22.97 (33) Kickoff Return Yds
Turnover Margin +1.30 (5) -0.50 (T - 101) Turnover Margin new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Passes Had Intercepted 8 (T - 58) 9 (T - 51) Passes Intercepted Push
Passes Intercepted 10 (T - 38) 14 (T - 119) Passes Had Intercepted new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Penalty Yds/Game 42.10 (20) 62.00 (99) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Sacks 2.90 (T - 17) 1.90 (T - 60) Sacks Allowed new PSU logo
Sacks Allowed 2.50 (T - 90) 1.20 (T - 116) Sacks Push
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 7.3 (T - 21) 5.25 (45) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) Push
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 8.20 (126) 3.6 (T - 127) Tackles for Loss (tpg) Push
Redzone Offense (%) 87.5% (T - 42) 86.0% (T - 83) Redzone Defense (%) new PSU logo
Redzone Defense (%) 80.0% (40) 73.7% (T - 117) Redzone Offense (%) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone TD % 72.50% 65.11% Redzone TD % Defense new PSU logo
Redzone TD % Defense 48.00% 47.37% Redzone TD % new PSU logo
3rd Down Conv. % 40.0% (64) 41.3% (83) 3rd Down Defense % Push
3rd Down Defense % 36.0% (49) 38.4% (81) 3rd Down Conv. % new PSU logo
4th Down Conv. % 50.0% (T - 66) 60.0% (T - 95) 4th Down Defense % new PSU logo
4th Down Defense % 50.0% (T - 57) 50.0% (T - 66) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 211 (56) 224 (T - 102) 1st Downs Allowed new PSU logo
1st Downs Allowed 180 (T - 36) 203 (T - 68) 1st Downs new PSU logo
Time of Possession 29:05 (86) 31:03 (37) Time of Possession
Strength of Schedule 37 22 Strength of Schedule Push

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:

That’s... a lot of chipmunks. I knew that Nebraska was a world of not very good this year, but if Rutgers gets more logos than you...

The score of this game will likely depend on weather; if it’s clear and temps are higher than mid-twenties, the Lions, on paper, look like they’ll pull away quickly. But weather is a great equalizer, and if the conditions are less than ideal, Nebraska is good enough to stick around.

But it likely won’t be enough to save Mike Riley’s job.