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Just the Stats: No. 9 Penn State vs No. 4 Ohio State

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NCAA Football: Ohio State at Penn State Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Penn St. Nittany Lions (4-0; 1-0 Big Ten East) vs Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0; 1-0 Big Ten East)

7:30 p.m. ET, September 29, 2018--ABC

Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 106,579 / University Park, PA)

Tableizer using codebeautify.org
Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Ohio State Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 275.0 (10) 142.0 (59) Rushing Defense (ypg) new PSU logo
Passing Offense (ypg) 239.5 (62) 181.3 (39) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 154.48 (33) 110.73 (30) Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 514.5 (16) 323.3 (25) Total Defense (ypg) Push
Scoring Offense (ppg) 55.5 (1) 17.0 (T - 23) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 172.5 (82) 233.3 (27) Rushing Offense (ypg)
Passing Defense (ypg) 173.3 (29) 365.8 (6) Passing Offense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency Defense 109.93 (29) 200.69 (3) Pass Efficiency
Total Defense (ypg) 345.8 (45) 599.0 (3) Total Offense (ypg)
Scoring Defense (ppg) 19.5 (35) 54.5 (2) Scoring Offense (ppg)
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 1.50 (22) 7.77 (77) Punt Return Yds new PSU logonew PSU logo
Punt Return Yds 18.82 (18) 0.00 (T - 6) Punt Return Defense (ypr) Push
Net Punting Yds 40.08 (39) 42.38 (13) Net Punting Yds
Kickoff Return Yds 29.86 (9) 15.56 (13) Kickoff Return Defense Push
Kickoff Return Defense 21.55 (77) 21.29 (T - 63) Kickoff Return Yds Push
Turnover Margin +0.25 (T - 52) +1.25 (T - 12) Turnover Margin
Passes Had Intercepted 2 (T - 34) 4 (T - 31) Passes Intercepted Push
Passes Intercepted 4 (T - 31) 1 (T - 6) Passes Had Intercepted
Penalty Yds/Game 53.00 (53) 74.50 (111) Penalty Yds/Game new PSU logonew PSU logo
Sacks 3.50 (T - 8) 1.50 (T - 41) Sacks Allowed new PSU logo
Sacks Allowed 1.00 (T - 18) 3.75 (T - 5) Sacks Push
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 9.4 (6) 4.5 (T - 25) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) Push
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 4.25 (T - 17) 8.3 (T - 18) Tackles for Loss (tpg) Push
Redzone Offense (%) 100.0% (T - 1) 83.3% (T - 64) Redzone Defense (%) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone Defense (%) 72.7% (T - 25) 86.4% (T - 62) Redzone Offense (%) new PSU logo
Redzone TD % 95.45% 66.67% Redzone TD % Defense new PSU logo
Redzone TD % Defense 63.64% 77.27% Redzone TD % Push
3rd Down Conv. % 49.0% (T - 17) 36.2% (58) 3rd Down Defense % new PSU logo
3rd Down Defense % 33.9% (T - 42) 58.8% (3) 3rd Down Conv. %
4th Down Conv. % 60.0% (T - 47) 0.00% (T - 1) 4th Down Defense %
4th Down Defense % 33.3% (T - 29) 75.0% (T - 18) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 104 (T - 12) 63 (T - 30) 1st Downs Allowed Push
1st Downs Allowed 81 (T - 87) 28 (2) 1st Downs
Time of Possession 28 (98) 30 (61) Time of Possession
Strength of Schedule 26 43 Strength of Schedule Push

Difference >25 in National Rank = new PSU logo

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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, there were more PUSHes (23) - Ohio State had the advantage in 8 categories, and Penn State had the advantage in four. This year, the Lions have the advantage in 8 categories, with Ohio State taking the advantage in 11 - there are only 16 pushes. For a pair of teams in the top ten, that’s kind of nuts; parity in a different sort of way.

These results are pretty unsurprising; both offenses are great, and Ohio State’s defense seems slightly better than Penn States - albeit against worse competition. PSU is stellar in the redzone, and has fewer lost yard plays than last year; OSU, though, is better at takeaways and controlling the clock.

It feels almost like the opposite of last year - let’s hope with the opposite results.

What say you all?