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Just the Stats: No. 10 Penn State at Maryland

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The Nittany Lions head south for their final regular season game of the year!

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

#10 Penn St. Nittany Lions (9-2; 6-2 Big Ten East) vs Maryland Terrapins (4-7; 2-6 Big Ten East)

3:30 p.m. ET, November 25, 2017--BTN

Maryland Stadium (formerly Byrd Stadium) (Capacity: 51,802 / College Park, MD)

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Maryland Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 156.6 (75) 182.2 (82) Rushing Defense (ypg) Push
Passing Offense (ypg) 289.3 (24) 226.8 (78) Passing Defense (ypg) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Pass Efficiency 155.01 (14) 128.30 (68) Pass Efficiency Defense new PSU logonew PSU logo
Total Offense (ypg) 445.9 (31) 409.0 (76) Total Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Scoring Offense (ppg) 39.4 (11) 34.5 (108) Scoring Defense (ppg) new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Rushing Defense (ypg) 118.7 (19) 165.1 (63) Rushing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo
Passing Defense (ypg) 213.0 (51) 160.1 (114) Passing Offense (ypg) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Pass Efficiency Defense 114.47 (25) 119.37 (102) Pass Efficiency new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Total Defense (ypg) 331.7 (24) 325.2 (118) Total Offense (ypg) new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Scoring Defense (ppg) 16.6 (8) 26.0 (T - 84) Scoring Offense (ppg) new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 4.20 (T - 23) 11.19 (24) Punt Return Yds Push
Punt Return Yds 13.14 (14) 11.00 (102) Punt Return Defense (ypr) new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Net Punting Yds 39.56 (33) 35.66 (109) Net Punting Yds new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Kickoff Return Yds 24.28 (22) 20.06 (49) Kickoff Return Defense new PSU logo
Kickoff Return Defense 21.38 (72) 23.24 (30) Kickoff Return Yds
Turnover Margin +1.09 (6) +.36 (T - 37) Turnover Margin new PSU logo
Passes Had Intercepted 8 (T - 51) 10 (T - 48) Passes Intercepted Push
Passes Intercepted 10 (T - 48) 8 (T - 51) Passes Had Intercepted Push
Penalty Yds/Game 41.82 (22) 62.09 (100) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Sacks 3.00 (T - 12) 2.64 (T - 102) Sacks Allowed new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Sacks Allowed 2.45 (T - 93) 1.36 (T - 110) Sacks Push
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 7.1 (25) 6.82 (T - 107) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 7.64 (T - 120) 5.1 (T - 92) Tackles for Loss (tpg)
Redzone Offense (%) 89.4% (27) 82.6% (57) Redzone Defense (%) new PSU logo
Redzone Defense (%) 83.3% (T - 64) 75.7% (T - 112) Redzone Offense (%) new PSU logo
Redzone TD % 76.59% 71.74% Redzone TD % Defense new PSU logo
Redzone TD % Defense 53.30% 59.46% Redzone TD % new PSU logo
3rd Down Conv. % 42.3% (42) 47.9% (123) 3rd Down Defense % new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
3rd Down Defense % 35.8% (45) 30.8% (122) 3rd Down Conv. % new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
4th Down Conv. % 50.0% (T -72) 46.7% (50) 4th Down Defense % Push
4th Down Defense % 52.4% (74) 52.4% (69) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 243 (T - 35) 256 (T - 111) 1st Downs Allowed new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
1st Downs Allowed 201 (40) 190 (112) 1st Downs new PSU logonew PSU logo
Time of Possession 29:11 (83) 27:42 (109) Time of Possession new PSU logo
Strength of Schedule 51 10 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:

Wow, what a difference a year makes, huh? Last season, the stats were heavily lopsided in the other direction - but not having reached the midpoint of the season, the Lions just started to hit their stride when they destroyed the Terrapins, and started a second half of the year in DJ Durkin’s first go-around that was less than exciting than the first half; the bowl game they played in had the Terps finish under .500 on the year for the third straight season.

Injuries derailed the Maryland offense early in the year, which shows in their statistics; once again, they’re down to the backups to the backups at the quarterback position. While there’s nothing the Terps are particularly great at, kickoffs look to be pretty okay—and they’ve played one of the toughest schedules to date in the land, looking only to get tougher after this week.

This is the third of three potentially overmatched opponents for Penn State, and the stats show that.

What say you all?