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Just the Stats: Penn State vs Rutgers

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The Lions look to stop a two game skid as the Scarlet Knights come to town on Homecoming.

NCAA Football: Penn State at Rutgers Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Penn St. Nittany Lions (7-2; 4-2 Big Ten East) vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights (4-5; 3-3 Big Ten East)

12:00 p.m. ET, November 11, 2017--ABC

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

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Rutgers Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 152.2 (79) 179.6 (86) Rushing Defense (ypg) Push
Passing Offense (ypg) 291.3 (21) 214.3 (54) Passing Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Pass Efficiency 150.02 (22) 120.37 (45) Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 443.6 (33) 393.9 (66) Total Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Scoring Offense (ppg) 38.0 (18) 24.9 (T - 54) Scoring Defense (ppg) new PSU logo
Rushing Defense (ypg) 120.2 (15) 167.4 (62) Rushing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo
Passing Defense (ypg) 211.2 (53) 127.0 (121) Passing Offense (ypg) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Pass Efficiency Defense 111.30 (18) 98.5 (124) Pass Efficiency new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Total Defense (ypg) 331.4 (25) 294.4 (126) Total Offense (ypg) new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Scoring Defense (ppg) 14.8 (7) 22.6 (105) Scoring Offense (ppg) new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 3.69 (21) 8.43 (T - 53) Punt Return Yds new PSU logo
Punt Return Yds 15.11 (10) 9.43 (90) Punt Return Defense (ypr) new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Net Punting Yds 40.33 (26) 38.14 (63) Net Punting Yds new PSU logo
Kickoff Return Yds 25.95 (9) 17.63 (16) Kickoff Return Defense Push
Kickoff Return Defense 20.90 (66) 16.48 (126) Kickoff Return Yds new PSU logonew PSU logo
Turnover Margin +1.33 (5) 0.00 (T - 65) Turnover Margin new PSU logonew PSU logo
Passes Had Intercepted 8 (T - 72) 11 (T - 21) Passes Intercepted 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Passes Intercepted 10 (T - 29) 9 (T - 84) Passes Had Intercepted new PSU logonew PSU logo
Penalty Yds/Game 44.56 (32) 51.89 (56) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logo
Sacks 3.11 (T - 11) 1.22 (T - 15) Sacks Allowed Push
Sacks Allowed 2.56 (T - 96) 1.33 (T - 107) Sacks Push
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 7.7 (T - 12) 6.44 (T - 90) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 8.44 (127) 3.9 (124) Tackles for Loss (tpg) Push
Redzone Offense (%) 86.1% (54) 90.6% (T - 115) Redzone Defense (%) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Redzone Defense (%) 81.8% (T - 56) 84.6% (T - 64) Redzone Offense (%) Push
Redzone TD % 69.44% 59.37% Redzone TD % Defense new PSU logo
Redzone TD % Defense 54.54% 69.23% Redzone TD % Push
3rd Down Conv. % 39.7% (64) 31.5% (T - 20) 3rd Down Defense % 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
3rd Down Defense % 37.6% (T - 61) 36.7% (86) 3rd Down Conv. % new PSU logo
4th Down Conv. % 50.0% (T - 68) 57.1% (T - 91) 4th Down Defense % Push
4th Down Defense % 50.0% (T - 62) 25.0% (121) 4th Down Conv. % new PSU logonew PSU logo
1st Downs 193 (T - 51) 175 (57) 1st Downs Allowed Push
1st Downs Allowed 170 (T - 49) 139 (122) 1st Downs new PSU logonew PSU logo
Time of Possession 29:15 (81) 30:03 (65) Time of Possession Push
Strength of Schedule 47 21 Strength of Schedule 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium

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:

Rutgers is...not horrible! They have three Big Ten wins this season after losing to Eastern Michigan in the non-conference, and aren’t dead last in everything. That’s significant improvement.

That being said, Penn State is at home, at homecoming, after two straight losses by a combined 4 points. This one will determine how the Nittany Lions will view this year; ok if a little disappointing, or completely melted down a la 1999. My money’s on the former.

What say you all?