Penn St. Nittany Lions (6-0; 3-0 Big Ten East) vs Michigan Wolverines (5-1; 2-1 Big Ten East)
7:30 p.m. ET, October 19, 2019--ABC
Beaver Stadium (Capacity: 106,572 / University Park, PA)
All of the above rankings are taken directly from the NCAA.
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.
On almost the exact day as the last time Gameday visited Happy Valley, on the same network and time, the Wolverines visit Penn State and the numbers don’t look that different, or that different from last week’s headed into the game in Iowa City.
This week, though, many of PSU’s early-season troubles (3rd down completion percentage, time of possession) have gotten markedly better as the year’s come on.
For some of the more situational numbers comparisons, Michigan has had 11 of their punts returned - and after Blake Gillikin’s Player of the Week honors, PSU has only had 4 punts returned through six games (both teams are close in number of punts returned, 18 and 20 respectively). The Nittany Lions, despite Jordan Stout, have had more kickoffs returned (6) than punts - though Michigan’s had 9, so KJ Hamler may try to get his return game started.
Another huge disparity is red zone - we’ve been to the redzone 25 times, and gotten 18 touchdowns (with a big fat asterisk thanks to John O’Neill); Michigan’s been in the redzone 29 times, and only scored 17 touchdowns (and only 4 field goals!). That’s,...wow.
What say you all?