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Just the Stats: No. 14 Penn State at Rutgers

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Penn State v Rutgers
Last time PSU played at Rutgers, Tommy saw the endzone. What’re the odds that happens again this week?
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Penn St. Nittany Lions (7-3; 4-3 Big Ten East) vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-9; 0-7 Big Ten East)

12:00 p.m. ET, November 17, 2018--BTN

High Point Solutions Stadium (Capacity: 52,454 / Piscataway, NJ)

Tableizer using codebeautify.org
Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Rutgers Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 205.4 (35) 230.2 (119) Rushing Defense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Passing Offense (ypg) 215.1 (84) 188.4 (25) Passing Defense (ypg) 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Pass Efficiency 133.74 (69) 134.31 (75) Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 420.5 (54) 418.6 (85) Total Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Scoring Offense (ppg) 35.7 (26) 34.3 (105) Scoring Defense (ppg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Rushing Defense (ypg) 175.9 (80) 131.3 (107) Rushing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo
Passing Defense (ypg) 200.7 (37) 143.1 (120) Passing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Pass Efficiency Defense 107.12 (14) 80.25 (129) Pass Efficiency new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Total Defense (ypg) 376.6 (51) 274.4 (127) Total Offense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Scoring Defense (ppg) 23.0 (T - 41) 14.5 (129) Scoring Offense (ppg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 6.89 (49) 5.13 (113) Punt Return Yds new PSU logo new PSU logo
Punt Return Yds 8.93 (68) 5.75 (T - 35) Punt Return Defense (ypr) 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Net Punting Yds 37.04 (69) 39.95 (26) Net Punting Yds 7233_rutgers_scarlet_knights-alternate-2001_medium
Kickoff Return Yds 26.30 (10) 15.94 (9) Kickoff Return Defense Push
Kickoff Return Defense 23.50 (107) 18.89 (89) Kickoff Return Yds Push
Turnover Margin +0.10 (T - 58) -1.2 (T - 127 Turnover Margin new PSU logo new PSU logo
Passes Had Intercepted 6 (T - 36) 6 (T - 87) Passes Intercepted new PSU logo new PSU logo
Passes Intercepted 11 (T - 25) 18 (129) Passes Had Intercepted new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Penalty Yds/Game 46.10 (28) 61.00 (87) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logo new PSU logo
Sacks 3.40 (T - 6) 1.20 (T - 17) Sacks Allowed Push
Sacks Allowed 2.40 (T - 79) 1.40 (T - 113) Sacks new PSU logo
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 7.40 (T - 19) 4.20 (T - 10) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) Push
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 5.40 (T - 44) 5.0 (T - 99) Tackles for Loss (tpg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone Offense (%) 95.0% (6) 85.7% (T - 86) Redzone Defense (%) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone Defense (%) 75.0% (T - 16) 75.0% (T - 117) Redzone Offense (%) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone TD % 77.50% 71.43% Redzone TD % Defense new PSU logo
Redzone TD % Defense 64.29% 50.00% Redzone TD % new PSU logo
3rd Down Conv. % 34.8% (T - 105) 48.0% (121) 3rd Down Defense % Push
3rd Down Defense % 34.5% (35) 32.4% (T - 121) 3rd Down Conv. % new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
4th Down Conv. % 53.3% (T - 67) 58.3% (T - 88) 4th Down Defense % Push
4th Down Defense % 45.5% (T - 38) 57.1% (T - 47) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 210 (T - 65) 212 (74) 1st Downs Allowed Push
1st Downs Allowed 214 (T - 79) 155 (127) 1st Downs new PSU logo
Time of Possession 27 (116) 28 (92) Time of Possession Push
Strength of Schedule 7 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:

Last year, I said that Rutgers wasn’t horrible. This year, though they have the same number of logos as last...I can’t say the same. The number of categories in which they are last or near to last in the NCAA has increased, and really the only reason they’re passing defense is that decent is because teams don’t need to pass against them - they can run all over Rutgera instead.

Just about the only thing that the Scarlet Knights are legitimately good at this year is punting (and defending after punting) - is that because they’ve gotten so much practice this season?

What are your thoughts?