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Just the Stats: No. 4 Penn State at Iowa

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On the road for the first time this season, the Nittany Lions kick off the conference schedule in Iowa City.

NCAA Football: Iowa at Penn State Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Penn St. Nittany Lions (3-0; 0-0 Big Ten East) vs Iowa Hawkeyes (3-0; 0-0 Big Ten West)

7:30 p.m. ET, September 23, 2017--ABC

Kinnick Stadium (Capacity: 70,585 / Iowa City, IA)

Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Iowa Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 187.0 (50) 97.0 (23) Rushing Defense (ypg) Iowa logo
Passing Offense (ypg) 282.0 (37) 238.0 (74) Passing Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Pass Efficiency 178.48 (14) 116.94 (53) Pass Efficiency Defense new PSU logo
Total Offense (ypg) 469.0 (41) 335.0 (46) Total Defense (ypg) Push
Scoring Offense (ppg) 47.0 (T - 11) 19.3 (40) Scoring Defense (ppg) new PSU logo
Rushing Defense (ypg) 126.0 (50) 180.0 (59) Rushing Offense (ypg) Push
Passing Defense (ypg) 147.7 (19) 218.3 (74) Passing Offense (ypg) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Pass Efficiency Defense 79.62 (6) 165.08 (22) Pass Efficiency Push
Total Defense (ypg) 273.7 (22) 398.3 (78) Total Offense (ypg) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Scoring Defense (ppg) 4.7 (2) 33.0 (T - 54) Scoring Offense (ppg) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 0.25 (T - 22) 11.6 (31) Punt Return Yds Push
Punt Return Yds 17.92 (9) 0.00 (T - 5) Punt Return Defense (ypr) Push
Net Punting Yds 43.25 (16) 39.83 (53) Net Punting Yds new PSU logo
Kickoff Return Yds 26.75 (19) 14.78 (8) Kickoff Return Defense Push
Kickoff Return Defense 18.00 (T - 34) 22.88 (46) Kickoff Return Yds Push
Turnover Margin +2.33 (2) -.33 (T - 78) Turnover Margin new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Passes Had Intercepted 2 (T - 50) 4 (T - 19) Passes Intercepted Iowa logo
Passes Intercepted 6 (T - 5) 1 (T - 16) Passes Had Intercepted Push
Penalty Yds/Game 35.0 (T - 17) 57.33 (T - 75) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logonew PSU logo
Sacks 3.67 (T - 9) 1.33 (T - 37) Sacks Allowed new PSU logo
Sacks Allowed 0.67 (T - 9) 1.67 (T - 76) Sacks new PSU logonew PSU logo
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 11.3 (1) 6.67 (T - 89) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 5.33 (T - 48) 4.3 (T - 113) Tackles for Loss (tpg) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Redzone Offense (%) 92.3% (T - 30) 100% (T - 111) Redzone Defense (%) new PSU logonew PSU logonew PSU logo
Redzone Defense (%) 60.0% (12) 83.33% (T - 69) Redzone Offense (%) new PSU logonew PSU logo
Redzone TD % 84.62% 66.67% Redzone TD % Defense new PSU logo
Redzone TD % Defense 20.00% 75.00% Redzone TD % new PSU logonew PSU logo
3rd Down Conv. % 36.7% (91) 23.7% (11) 3rd Down Defense % Iowa logoIowa logo
3rd Down Defense % 36.4% (58) 47.8% (24) 3rd Down Conv. % Iowa logo
4th Down Conv. % 50.0% (T - 49) 75.0% (T - 107) 4th Down Defense % new PSU logonew PSU logo
4th Down Defense % 75.0% (T - 107) 85.7% (T -15) 4th Down Conv. % Iowa logoIowa logoIowa logo
1st Downs 57 (T - 74) 54 (T - 57) 1st Downs Allowed Push
1st Downs Allowed 57 (70) 73 (T - 27) 1st Downs Iowa logo
Time of Possession 24:07 (125) 35:35 (6) Time of Possession Iowa logoIowa logoIowa logoIowa logo
Strength of Schedule 89 65 Strength of Schedule Push

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: 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 Team Rankings; it will be taken from S&P+ when that site has them up (after week 7).

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:

Is it wrong that the plethora of Lion’s head logos makes me nervous?

It’s still, really, too early to judge much in these numbers; three games is a small sample size. But even with added categories in this feature, none of these numbers are incredibly surprising - the defense are ball hawks and big play kings, and the offense is exciting - but horrible on third downs and in time of possession. The fact that the defensive numbers are so good and they’ve still been on the field over 35 minutes per game is not just remarkable, it’s downright great.

What say you all?