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Just the Stats: No. 18 Penn State at Indiana

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The statistics didn’t predict much last week - what does this week say?

NCAA Football: Penn State at Indiana Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Penn St. Nittany Lions (4-2; 1-2 Big Ten East) vs Indiana Hoosiers (4-3; 1-3 Big Ten East)

3:30 p.m. ET, October 20, 2018--BTN

Memorial Stadium (Capacity: 52,929 / Bloomington, IN)

Tableizer using codebeautify.org
Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Indiana Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 251.8 (12) 157.7 (67) Rushing Defense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Passing Offense (ypg) 239.3 (62)) 227.6 (71) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 149.59 (49) 140.10 (89) Pass Efficiency Defense new PSU logo
Total Offense (ypg) 491.2 (13) 385.3 (70) Total Defense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Scoring Offense (ppg) 44.2 (8) 28.1 (80) Scoring Defense (ppg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Rushing Defense (ypg) 155.3 (63) 149.7 (93) Rushing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo
Passing Defense (ypg) 209.7 (49) 249.9 (53) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 112.58 (23) 134.26 (66) Pass Efficiency new PSU logo
Total Defense (ypg) 365.0 (53) 399.6 (74) Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 21.0 (34) 26.1 (T - 84) Scoring Offense (ppg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 3.00 (T - 11) 12.55 (33) Punt Return Yds Push
Punt Return Yds 11.55 (42) 3.86 (T - 18) Punt Return Defense (ypr) Push
Net Punting Yds 39.76 (36) 37.48 (71) Net Punting Yds new PSU logo
Kickoff Return Yds 24.08 (28) 23.39 (103) Kickoff Return Defense new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Kickoff Return Defense 21.00 (69) 18.14 (107) Kickoff Return Yds new PSU logo
Turnover Margin +0.17 (T - 56) +.43 (T - 39) Turnover Margin Push
Passes Had Intercepted 2 (T - 7) 8 (T - 18) Passes Intercepted Push
Passes Intercepted 6 (T - 42) 7 (T - 90) Passes Had Intercepted new PSU logo
Penalty Yds/Game 52.83 (T - 47) 65.14 (91) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logo
Sacks 3.17 (T - 13) 1.71 (T - 50) Sacks Allowed new PSU logo
Sacks Allowed 1.67 (T - 43) 1.71 (T - 87) Sacks new PSU logo
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 8.50 (T - 9) 5.29 (T - 43) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) new PSU logo
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 5.00 (T - 28) 5.70 (T - 79) Tackles for Loss (tpg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone Offense (%) 96.4% (9) 90.9% (T - 106) Redzone Defense (%) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone Defense (%) 73.3% (T - 20) 76.7% (T - 110) Redzone Offense (%) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone TD % 85.71% 81.82% Redzone TD % Defense new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone TD % Defense 66.67% 56.67% Redzone TD % new PSU logo
3rd Down Conv. % 37.5% (T - 82) 40.0% (80) 3rd Down Defense % Push
3rd Down Defense % 30.6% (15) 42.7% (43) 3rd Down Conv. % new PSU logo
4th Down Conv. % 44.4% (T - 96) 78.6% (127) 4th Down Defense % new PSU logo
4th Down Defense % 40.0% (T - 31) 50.0% (T - 67) 4th Down Conv. % new PSU logo
1st Downs 140 (T - 45) 152 (110) 1st Downs Allowed new PSU logo new PSU logo
1st Downs Allowed 127 (T - 62) 164 (T - 15) 1st Downs
Time of Possession 28 (100) 30 (67) Time of Possession
Strength of Schedule 21 30 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:

I thought last week was one-sided, and that didn’t help Penn State in the game too much.

And contrary to what I (and likely you) expected, PSU didn’t drop much in its statistics this week; in many defensive categories, actually, the Lions moved up in the rankings.

But Indiana, though they’re an historic team of chaos, isn’t Michigan State; nor is it a defense that Tom Allen can hang his hat on. I’d think that this is a good team for an offense that struggled to bounce back against, but that depends on which offense shows up on Saturday.

What say you all?