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Just the Stats: No. 10 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa

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The first big test of these young Nittany Lions is upon us.

NCAA Football: Penn State at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Penn St. Nittany Lions (5-0; 2-0 Big Ten East) vs Iowa Hawkeyes (4-1; 1-1 Big Ten West)

7:30 p.m. ET, October 12, 2019--ABC

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

Tableizer using codebeautify.org
Penn State Value (Nat'l Rank) Value (Nat'l Rank) Iowa Advantage
Rushing Offense (ypg) 194.0 (43) 85.6 (11) Rushing Defense (ypg) Iowa logo
Passing Offense (ypg) 305.6 (19) 168.6 (12) Passing Defense (ypg) Push
Pass Efficiency 171.68 (14) 111.98 (23) Pass Efficiency Defense Push
Total Offense (ypg) 499.6 (12) 254.2 (5) Total Defense (ypg) Push
Scoring Offense (ppg) 47.0 (T - 5) 8.8 (3) Scoring Defense (ppg) Push
Rushing Defense (ypg) 50.6 (3) 174.2 (54) Rushing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Passing Defense (ypg) 189.8 (29) 250.0 (T - 57) Passing Offense (ypg) new PSU logo
Pass Efficiency Defense 107.84 (14) 135.53 (70) Pass Efficiency new PSU logo new PSU logo
Total Defense (ypg) 240.4 (4) 424.2 (62) Total Offense (ypg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Scoring Defense (ppg) 7.4 (2) 27.4 (81) Scoring Offense (ppg) new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Punt Return Defense (ypr) 3.00 (24) 10.67 (41) Punt Return Yds Push
Punt Return Yds 7.11 (76) 11.5 (101) Punt Return Defense (ypr) new PSU logo
Net Punting Yds 37.05 (83) 38.65 (58) Net Punting Yds Iowa logo
Kickoff Return Yds 14.33 (125) 16.43 (18) Kickoff Return Defense Iowa logo Iowa logo Iowa logo Iowa logo
Kickoff Return Defense 19.75 (55) 22.2 (51) Kickoff Return Yds Push
Turnover Margin +0.20 (T - 52) +.40 (T - 43) Turnover Margin Push
Passes Had Intercepted 2 (T - 18) 4 (T - 66) Passes Intercepted new PSU logo
Passes Intercepted 4 (T - 66) 3 (T - 38) Passes Had Intercepted Iowa logo
Penalty Yds/Game 45.00 (24) 32.80 (4) Penalty Yds/Game Push
Sacks 5.00 (1) 2.80 (T - 104) Sacks Allowed new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Sacks Allowed 1.40 (T - 28) 1.40 (T - 107) Sacks new PSU logo new PSU logo new PSU logo
Tackles for Loss (tpg) 10.4 (1) 5.60 (56) Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Tackles for Loss Allowed (tpg) 6.20 (73) 3.00 (T - 129) Tackles for Loss (tpg) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone Offense (%) 95.7% (T - 8) 83.3% (T - 71) Redzone Defense (%) new PSU logo new PSU logo
Redzone Defense (%) 77.8% (T - 44) 100.0% (T - 1) Redzone Offense (%) Iowa logo
Redzone TD % 78.26% 50.00% Redzone TD % Defense Push
Redzone TD % Defense 44.44% 72.22% Redzone TD % new PSU logo
3rd Down Conv. % 41.4% (50) 25.0% (6) 3rd Down Defense % Iowa logo
3rd Down Defense % 25.3% (7) 46.8% (20) 3rd Down Conv. % Push
4th Down Conv. % 83.3% (T - 11) 50.0% (T - 61) 4th Down Defense % new PSU logo new PSU logo
4th Down Defense % 40.0% (T - 39) 63.6% (T - 37) 4th Down Conv. % Push
1st Downs 120 (T - 39) 61 (T - 3) 1st Downs Allowed Iowa logo
1st Downs Allowed 65 (6) 115 (T - 58) 1st Downs new PSU logo new PSU logo
Time of Possession 28:37 (95) 35:41 (2) Time of Possession Iowa logo Iowa logo Iowa 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 except for strength of schedule, which is not as readily available this year and so I’ve removed it for the time being from these statistics.

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:

This is about what I’d expect; both Penn State and Iowa have really good defenses so far this year. The difference is, of course, that Iowa’s offense is decidedly mediocre (and, numbers-wise, not as good as Purdue’s, although the Boilermakers were down to 2nd string playmakers last week) - and Penn State’s is good.

In terms of unquantifiable tangibles, both teams have had only four punts returned - though Iowa has attempted to return 9 punts, while Penn State’s returned 19. Still on special teams, Iowa’s allowed 7 kick offs to be returned, while PSU’s only had 4 not be fair caught; the two teams seem well-matched in terms of kickoffs returned by their playmakers, though.

The other metric I found interesting were redzone trips - Iowa’s defense has only had to play in their opponent’s redzone 6 times (I see you, Josh Gattis!), while Penn State’s defense has faced 9 redzone trips. PSU’s offense has been in their own red zone 5 more times than Iowas as well (23 to 18).

What say you all?