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Just the Stats: No. 14 Penn State at No. 5 Michigan

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The Nittany Lions take on the Wolverines in the Big House, their second matchup with a ranked foe in a row.

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

Penn St. Nittany Lions (6-2; 3-2 Big Ten East) vs Michigan Wolverines (7-1; 5-0 Big Ten East)

3:45 p.m. ET, November 3, 2018--ESPN

Michigan Stadium (Capacity: 109,901 / Ann Arbor, MI)

Tableizer using codebeautify.org
Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Michigan Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 225.4 (24) 97.1 (8) Rushing Defense (ypg) Push
Passing Offense (ypg) 234.1 (66) 122.9 (1) Passing Defense (ypg) Michigan logo Michigan logo
Pass Efficiency 136.44 (60) 90.87(1) Pass Efficiency Defense Michigan logo Michigan logo
Total Offense (ypg) 459.5 (26) 220.0 (1) Total Defense (ypg) Michigan logo
Scoring Offense (ppg) 41.0 (11) 14.4 (6) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 161.4 (71) 212.8 (31) Rushing Offense (ypg) Michigan logo
Passing Defense (ypg) 225.4 (67) 207.6 (89) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 107.09 (16) 154.86 (18) Pass Efficiency Push
Total Defense (ypg) 386.8 (66) 420.4 (51) Total Offense (ypg) Push
Scoring Defense (ppg) 22.3 (T - 37) 36.0 (27) Scoring Offense (ppg) Push
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 4.50 (T - 22) 9.26 (63) Punt Return Yds new PSU logo
Punt Return Yds 9.41 (61) 8.92 (79) Punt Return Defense (ypr) Push
Net Punting Yds 37.59 (72) 40.39 (25) Net Punting Yds Michigan logo
Kickoff Return Yds 28.25 (7) 20.00 (T - 50) Kickoff Return Defense new PSU logo
Kickoff Return Defense 23.38 (100) 20.50 (69) Kickoff Return Yds Michigan logo
Turnover Margin +0.25 (T - 48) +0.25 (T - 48) Turnover Margin Push
Passes Had Intercepted 4 (T - 20) 7 (T - 45) Passes Intercepted new PSU logo
Passes Intercepted 9 (T - 23) 4 (T - 20) Passes Had Intercepted Push
Penalty Yds/Game 50.50 (43) 73.38 (110) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logo new PSU logo
Sacks 3.50 (T - 4) 1.63 (T - 41) Sacks Allowed new PSU logo
Sacks Allowed 2.00 (T - 55) 3.00 (T - 19) Sacks Michigan logo
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 8.10 (T - 9) 5.38 (T - 41) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) new PSU logo
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 5.13 (31) 7.60 (T - 23 Tackles for Loss (tpg) Push
Redzone Offense (%) 94.4% (9) 93.3% (T - 120) Redzone Defense (%) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone Defense (%) 72.7% (T - 14) 84.8% (65) Redzone Offense (%) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone TD % 80.56% 73.33% Redzone TD % Defense new PSU logo
Redzone TD % Defense 63.64% 60.61% Redzone TD % Push
3rd Down Conv. % 35.8% (98) 28.7% (9) 3rd Down Defense % Michigan logo Michigan logo Michigan logo
3rd Down Defense % 33.1% (31) 47.8% (12) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 41.7% (T - 105) 61.5% (T - 94) 4th Down Defense % Push
4th Down Defense % 50.0% (T - 50) 50.0% (T - 71) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 176 (T - 38) 120 (10) 1st Downs Allowed Michigan logo
1st Downs Allowed 182 (T - 100) 165 (T - 58) 1st Downs Michigan logo
Time of Possession 27 (112) 34 (7) Time of Possession Michigan logo Michigan logo Michigan logo Michigan logo

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; I removed strength of schedule this week, due to data not being updated as of the writing of this piece.

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:

Quite honestly, that’s a lot more chipmunks than I expected to see up there.

Michigan’s defense is quite legit, as expected; the Lions have faced two of the top rush defenses in the country so far this year, and face a third this week. But the strength of Penn State may lie elsewhere in this game, with the Penn State defense taking the lead - and capitalizing on red zone opportunities being the key for PSU in this game.

What say you all?